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Monday, July 11, 2016

HC adjourns illegal structure ordinance case

Panaji: The high court of Bombay on Monday appointed an advocate as an amicus curiae to assist it in the public interest litigation (PIL) seeking a stay on the Goa Regularization of Unauthorized Construction Ordinance, 2016, promulgated by the governor to regularize unauthorized structures constructed before February 28, 2014.

The PIL, filed by social activists Kashinath Shetye, came up for hearing before a division bench on Monday.
The court appointed advocate Ryan Menezes to assist it in the matter and posted the hearing for July 19.
The petition filed by the social activist alleged that the ordinance is promulgated mainly for "vote bank politics", to regularize illegal houses without amending relevant laws.
The petitioner has pointed out that an authority that is not competent to either check construction or verify the stability of a construction will regularize unauthorized constructions made before February 28, 2014.
The petition apprehends that the ordinance will regularize houses/buildings, which are not built as per specification and without proper inspections from technical persons and may cause danger to life.
The petitioner has stated that government authorities have a duty and obligation to regularize houses following the Goa Land Revenue Code, the Goa Daman and Diu Town Planning Act, the City of Panaji Corporation Act, the Goa Municipalities Act, 1968, the Goa Panchayat Raj Act, 1994, the Goa (Regulation of Land Development and Building Construction) Act, 2008.
The petitioner has prayed for a direction to the respondent authorities to produce a list of illegal houses in Goa that they intend to regularize and sought an order against the government not to regularize such houses in the state.

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