Alleged misuse of premises at Neelam theatre in the heart of Sector 17 finally came to the notice of the Estate Office on Tuesday. An inspection was conducted by an Estate Office team led by two junior engineers, and a show-cause notice is set to be issued to the owners.
There are four shops selling food items right at the front of the theatre, all of which are sub-units not permitted as per rules, said officials. Other violations include misuse of advertisement panels, and non-permitted openings in the building. The theatre is owned by Punjab minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon.
It now stares at a misuse fine of `500 per sqare feet per day from the date of the show-cause notice, though there is already a challenge to the misuse fine amount having been hiked some years ago from `10 per sqare feet per day. Action on the theatre came on a ‘specific complaint’, said an official requesting anonymity, adding that this was done even as around 2,000 misuse notices are already hanging fire due to the controversy over the fine amount.
For now, the notice has been drafted and misuse of over 1,900 sqare feet has been noticed.
After signatures of higher officials, it would be issued within a couple of days, it is learnt.