Sarpanchs in J&K Can Now Grant Building Permissions

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Srinagar- In a move aimed at strengthening Panchayati Raj, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday designated among others, Halqa Sarpanch to grant permission for the construction of residential buildings in the rural areas of the Union Territory.

In exercise of powers conferred by Section 12 sub section 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, sanction is hereby accorded to the designation of competent authority for grant of permission for construction/reconstruction/alteration of residential/ commercial buildings in rural areas of J&K”, reads an order issued by the department of rural development and Panchayati Raj.

The competent authority or committee that has been designated to grant permission for residential buildings within the Panchayat jurisdiction includes Sarpanch of the Halqa Panchayat, VLW (Panchayat Secretary) and Patwari.

Similarly, for commercial buildings including shops, the competent authority/committee has been designated as Sub-Divisional Magistrate concerned (Chairman) Tehsildar, Town Planning Officer, BDO, and Halqa Sarpanch.

For other buildings, including government buildings, the competent authority/committee has been designated as Sub Divisional Magistrate concerned (Chairman), Tehsildar, Town Planning Officer, BDO and Sarpanch of Halqa Panchayat.

“The designated Committees can co-opt members from any government department as may be required for the purpose of taking decision on these permission cases”, the order reads further adding "Procedure as prescribed in the Rule 155 shall be followed by the above said committees for the purpose of grant of permission.”

“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”, the order further reads.

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