Jai Ram Thakur, Chief Minister of the Himachal Pradesh denied help to the hoteliers as he said that the regularization of illegal construction in the State is not possible. This announcement was made by CM Thakur during the lunch with the hoteliers that was scheduled after flagging-off of an event recently.
During, the meeting, the hoteliers request Himachal Pradesh CM to draft a policy to regularize illegal structures and to keep villages out of purview of the town and country planning (TCP) department. They also said that the due to limited land, the villagers also have problems in building structures according to the guidelines of the Town and Country Planning.
CM Jairam Thakur clearly said that he cannot help anyone while rising above the law. CM further said that those who built structures after the regulations of Town and Country Planning came into force are themselves responsible for the wrong development.
He then said that the Government is trying to resolve the problem while following the rules and our aim is to offer maximum help to the owners falling under the area jurisdiction of TCP and are notified as illegal.
Anup Ram Thakur, the President of Manali Hoteliers’ Association said that various local hoteliers have received notice from multiple departments for not fulfilling the norms laid by Town and Country Planning. He also said that we have asked the State Government to frame a policy for regularizing illegal buildings.
Balbir Chand Rana, the panchayat pradhan said that the local panchayats near Manali are also opposing the Town and Country Planning as the people of Karjan panchayat of Manali unanimously passed the resolution to oppose the imposition of TCP [Town and Country Planning] Act.