Rajasthan govt begins drafting zonal, sector plans for 6 cities

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Rajasthan govt begins drafting zonal, sector plans for 6 citiesJODHPUR: The state government has initiated the process of drafting zonal and sector plans as per the master plan for the six cities of the state.

Apprising the Rajasthan High Court of this development on Tuesday, the government has given a schedule to all the development authorities of these six cities to be done in six months.

The division bench of Justice Sangeet Lodha and Justice Arun Bhansali, hearing a petition on the master plans and their compliance by the civic bodies, during previous hearing had expressed its resentment over the negligence of the state government in drafting the zonal and sector plans and continuing with the regularization of unauthorized colonies despite court’s directions not to do so before sector and zonal plans in place.

AAG Rajesh Panwar, while producing the compliance report of the courts’ directions on master plans of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Biknaer, Kota and Ajmer, assured the court that the encroachments are being removed. He also produced evidences to this effect in the court.

The petitioner’s counsel Vineet Dave, however, objected to this argument stating that only the temporary encroachments were being removed, most of which belong to poor and uninfluential persons.

Terming the compliance report unsatisfactory, he argued that no permanent type of encroachment has been removed.

On the other hand, body of real estate developers CREDAI Rajasthan, moved an application seeking modifications on the directions citing government’s non-cooperative stand towards their projects with regard to the court’s directions.

Refusing to provide any relief to the CREDAI, the court said that the directions given by the court were very clear and no modifications were required commenting that the builders wanted the rules to be in their favour. The matter will be heard on November 18 for further compliance.