Advocate Rajvinder Singh Bains has been requested by the bench to submit “his ideas in writing regarding the discussions at the hearing and offer solutions/suggestions, and especially on heritage angle and place the same before this court in writing on the next date of hearing”.
The single bench has also directed the Chandigarh Administration to immediately start renovation of 471 vacant houses, including 218 houses, which are not fit for allotment as per the administration’s own submission. The administration has been asked to submit a status report on the work done, steps taken for renovation and the expected time for completion on the work on the next date of hearing.
Apart from these directions, the bench has also asked UT senior standing counsel Suvir Sehgal to explain how the House Allotment Committee can be “dismantled” and replace it with a web portal to be “maintained by NIC and controlled by few responsible and professional officers/officials of different departments”, so that all stakeholders can have access to the information regarding each house.
On the matter of cremation grounds in the city, the bench during the hearing was told that Panchkula residents are also dependent upon the cremation ground at Manimajra. Justice Raina has sought a response from HUDA and Municipal Corporation, Panchkula, on the proposal about constructing a cremation ground in the city.
The Municipal Corporation has also been asked by the bench to make a “request to the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Western Command, Chandimandir, in case the cremation ground in Manimajra is shifted, then whether they would consider opening a memorial for ‘Martyrs’ as a ‘Garden of Peace’.”
Source- Indian Express