Now Sarpanchs Will Grant Building Permission In Villages

SRINAGAR: The Rural Development and Panchayati Raj has accorded sanction for accord of approval/permission for construction/re-construction/alteration of residential/commercial buildings in rural areas in Jammu and Kashmir.

“In exercise of powers conferred by Section 12 subsection 2 (iv) of Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989 read with Rule 155 & 156 of J&K Panchayati Raj Rules, 1996, as amended from time to time, the sanction is hereby accorded to the designation of the competent authority for grant of permission for construction/re-construction/alteration of residential/ commercial buildings in rural areas of J&K,” reads the order issued by Rural development department Kashmir.

Regarding the ‘Permission’ for residential buildings within the Panchayat jurisdiction, the Competent Authority/Committee has been designated as; i) Sarpanch of the Halqa Panchayat (ii) VLW (Panchayat Secretary) of Halqa (iii) Patwari Halqa.

Regarding the ‘Permission’ for commercial buildings including shops, the Competent Authority/Committee has been designated as; i) Sub-Divisional Magistrate concerned (Chairman) (ii) Tehsildar concerned iii) Town Planning Officer concerned (iv) BDO concerned (v) Sarpanch of Halqa Panchayat.

With regard to ‘Permission’ for any other buildings’ including government buildings, the Competent Authority/Committee has been designated as; i) Sub Divisional Magistrate concerned (Chairman) (ii) Tehsildar concerned (iii) Town Planning Officer concerned (iv) BDO concerned (v) Sarpanch of Halqa Panchayat.

“The designated Committees can co-opt members from any government department as may be required for the purpose of taking a decision on these permission cases,” it reads.

“Procedure, as prescribed in the Rule 155, shall be followed by the above-said committees for the purpose of grant of permission,” it added

“Fees for the said permissions shall be decided by the said committees and shall be remitted to the Panchayat fund of that Halqa Panchayat within the jurisdiction of which these buildings/constructions fall and these committees shall also be competent authorities for the purpose of levy of penalty under rule 156 of the aforesaid rules,” reads the order.

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