File photoAhmedabad : After the launch of new political party by former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel, the present government seems to have changed its stand on the policy decisions taken by him as CM.
In an apparent bid to denounce Keshubhai’s policies, Modi government informed the High Court that the Gujarat Impact Fees Act 2001 was impractical.
In a counter-affidavit filed by the State urban development department on a petition challenging the Gujarat Illegal Construction Regulation Act 2011, Modi government has listed the demerits of the 2001 Act brought by Keshubhai government. It says that the Act was not practical as it had a limited applicability.
According to the affidavit, the 2001 Act on impact fee- related issues was meant for only six municipal corporations and not for Gujarat state. Due to its limited scope, few applications could be considered and in most of the cases no decision could be taken. Listing out the demerits, the affidavit said that 2001 Act was unclear about fixation of fees and time limits for regularization. Also, it lacked flexibility in parking rules and directions on minimum sanitation facilities. The Act could serve neither purpose nor demand of the time, hence the need of new Act of 2011. The new act of 2011 is applicable on all 8 municipal corporations and 130 municipalities of the state, says the affidavit.
This counter affidavit was submitted against a petition filed by Shivlal Purohit, which contended that the Gujarat Illegal Construction Regulation Act 2011 is against the provisions laid down in the Constitution of India. Questioning the need of the new Act, the petitioner urged the court to declare it illegal, while it argued that the new Act will increase corruption and illegal constructions in the state.