Commission raps HP govt on land deals

Commission raps HP govt on land deals

The Sood Commission, set up to probe “benami land deals” in Himachal Pradesh, has recommended scrapping of the HP Apartment and Property Regulation Act as majority of the builders were creating a concrete jungle and spoiling the natural forested environment.

The one-man enquiry commission headed by former High Court judge D P Sood asked the government to either implement section 118 of the Tenancy and Land Reforms Act in letter and spirit or repeal it. Observing that 95 per cent of the allottees in the apartments were outsiders, Sood said, the demand of housing for Himachalis could easily be met by the Himachal Urban Development Authority (HIMUDA).

The act was meant to regulate colonies and property transactions, check haphazard constructions.

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