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Chandigarh civic body went soft on 'Acropolis'

chandigarh Updated: May 09, 2013 00:14 IST
HT Correspondent

Despite sending as many as eight notices in the past one year to owners of the upcoming commercial complex, Acropolis, in Industrial Area, Phase 1, a venture of Mirage Infra Limited, to deposit the water bills amounting to Rs 43 lakh, the municipal corporation did not take any action against the owner.

It was only after the UT pollution department directed the civic body to disconnect the water connection four months ago that the MC swung into action and disconnected it.

Vijay Singla, nephew of railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, who was arrested by the CBI for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 90 lakh on May 3, is an owner of the complex.

Sub-divisional officer, public health department, MC, Rajinder Karwal, said, "We disconnected the water connection after we got directions from the UT pollution department around four months ago. We do not know how much is the water bill, but we have tentatively calculated it at Rs 43 lakh.

MC superintending engineer RC Diwan said, "We issued them eight notices in the past one year so that they pay the water bill, but they did not pay heed to it. According to the water bylaws, Rs 8 per square ft of covered area is charged from the private companies, but since we have not got the approved plan and are not aware of the exact area, we have also written to the UT administration for not issuing the completion certificate unless the bill amount is paid. We will also not give them the sewerage connection, unless the amount is paid."