An official informed, “A meeting by the chief secretary was called to discuss the issue. Urban development and housing (UDH) minister Shanti Dhariwal will send a proposal to the cabinet for approval. Once a nod is received, the possession of land will be taken over by the general administration department (GAD) and then transferred to the RHB,” he said.
The RHB will take possession of 54 MLA bungalows and sell it off after demolition. A meeting on November 5 is also scheduled to draft a proposal of 24,810 square metre land of MLA quarters in Jalupura. The revenue earned after selling the land of these bungalows at Lal Kothi and Jalupura will be utilised to construct the apartments.
An official informed that the RHB has proposed to construct an eight-storey building in the periphery of legislative assembly to accommodate 160 MLAs. Considering the project as a special case, the 28-metre building height has been proposed against the 15-metre mentioned in the building bylaws.
Although, the design has received in-principle approval, the final nod to provide relaxation in the bylaws will be received by the urban development and housing (UDH) minister Shanti Dhariwal, as for the assembly’s structural dominance, in the 100-metre periphery, the height of the buildings is restricted up to 15 metre.