Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Kumar Singh Wednesday introduced a Bill in Legislative Assembly to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Civic Laws (Special Provisions) Act 2014.
As per a government statement, the LA Bill No: 5 of 2017 seeks amendment to J&K Civil Laws relating to the formulation of a policy to deal with or regulate the unauthorized constructions in the local areas of Jammu, Srinagar and Katra towns. “The policy should be in consonance with the Master Plan as may be modified as reviewed under the Housing & Urban Development Act 1970.”
The mid-term revision of the Master Plans of Jammu, Srinagar and Katra under J&K Development Act 1970 has been undertaken by the department, but due to certain unavoidable circumstances the deadlines projected for completion of the Master Plan could not be accomplished, thereby causing a delay in finalization of the proposed policy required under the Act for regularization of unauthorized constructions to the extent possible within the ambit/framework of the modified Master Plans. Now, the said policy has been framed and also approved by the State Cabinet.
As the term of the Act consequent to its extension vide J&K Civic Laws (Special Provision) Amendment Act, 2014 expired on 31st of March 2017, and required further extension up to 30th of September,2017 to implement the policy to regulate the unauthorized construction in the aforementioned local areas.