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Fate of 30 city ventures to be decided tomorrow

chandigarh Updated: Aug 06, 2013 10:59 IST
Vinod Kumar
Vinod Kumar
Hindustan Times
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Fate of 30 ventures operating from shop-cum-flats (SCF) in sectors 22, 26 and 7, will be decided by UT chief administrator on Wednesday.

The commercial establishments — including some prominent jewellers in Sector 22 — were served notices by the estate office for continuing to occupy resumed commercial properties and violating building bylaws.

On receiving the notices issued under sections 10 and 14 of Chandigarh Estate Rules, 2009, the traders had filed appeals before the UT chief administrator. The notices had been issued on separate dates earlier this year.

A source in the administration said that all traders who have been served notices are using the first floor for commercial activities, which otherwise is meant for residential purpose only. They have also not complied with laid down architectural controls and have reportedly not complied with fire-safety norms.

A senior official said that despite pressure on the administration, it would be difficult for the traders to get away with the violations.

The estate office has been drawing flak for failing to handle cases of building violations. There are over 500 buildings that have been resumed by the estate office so far, but these have not been vacated since appeals by traders are still pending with the authorities concerned.

As per court directions, the estate office cannot get a resumed property vacated till the appeal is decided. In many such cases, eviction is pending for more than three decades.

The estate office had in December last year launched an ambitious drive and issued notices under section 10 to the violators, but the move had hit a hurdle after the UT administration issued directions to discontinue the drive.

This was for the first time that the estate office had started serving notices and defaulters were directed to remove building violations within two months from the date of notice. Under Section 10, the penalty on account of building violation and misuse is to be borne by the occupant every month.

All defaulters were given 15 days from the date of issuance of notices to explain why action should not be taken against them. If after the expiry of two months of the notice, the estate officer, after having afforded an opportunity of hearing to the allottee/lessee and the occupier, was satisfied that the building violations continued, he could seal the whole/part of the site to prevent further violations till the same were removed by the estate officers at the cost of the occupier.