HC restrains govt from finalising common zoning regulations draft

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The High Court of Karnataka on Thursday restrained the Urban Development Department (UDD) from finalising the draft notification of the Common Zoning Regulations (CZRs).

A division bench comprising Chief Justice S K Mukherjee and Justice P S Dinesh Kumar granted stay on the draft notification of CZRs, hearing a PIL filed by Citizens Action Forum and others.

The petitioners have sought directions to the UDD to restrain and quash the draft notification of the CZRs issued on July 1, on the grounds that it was not the UDD, but the Bengaluru Metropolitan Committee (MPC) which is vested with the authority and power to draft and prepare the plan for the Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA).

The petitioners have contended that the draft notification was against the provisions of the Constitution. The draft notification is completely arbitrary, unscientific, lacks basic application of mind and is antithetic to the concept of town planning.

The Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act, 1961, contemplates amendments to the regulations. The UDD, under the guise of amendments to the regulations, has not only repealed the existing zonal regulations, but has also sought to transform the very essence of the present zoning regulations for the MPA, contained in the Revised Master Plan 2015 to be replaced with CZRs.

The bench issued notice to the UDD and posted the matter to be heard after 10 days.

SOURCE: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/632009/hc-restrains-govt-finalising-common.html

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