A survey of commercial sites in the city conducted by the UT estate office has detected a large number of building infringements. A report in this regard was submitted to deputy commissioner-cum-estate officer Mohammed Shayin after three teams visited about 20 sites to check violations of bylaws.
Assistant estate officer Rahul Gupta headed the operation at the Sectors 17,18, 9 and 11 markets while SDM (east) Danish Ashraf checked on the markets of Manimajra, Sectors 7 and 8 and the IT park and SDM (south) Kashish Mittal inspected the Industrial Area, including Elante Mall, and the Sector 21 markets.
VIOLATIONS GALORE IN ELANTE MALL
In its report to the DC, the inspecting team pointed to various building violations at the upmarket Elante Mall, including corridors on each floor meant for public use being used for commercial purposes and misuse of space earmarked for surface parking in the sanctioned plan.
Besides, variations in the position at the building site and as shown in the building plan were noticed. Also, the completion plan was not signed by any building branch official.
According to the procedure laid down, an applicant submits a construction plan after which the junior engineer of the area concer ned visits the site and prepares a report. The other teams also highlighted similar violations in their areas.
When contacted, DC Mohammed Shayin said, “Appropriate action would be initiated against those found to have infringed upon building bylaws as well as erring officials abetting the violators.”
According to sources, the inspecting teams also accused building branch of ficials of helping the owners of the commercial sites in getting noncompoundable building code violations compoundable.
HOTELIER MOVES COURT
After the estate office sealed five buildings, including two hotels, on April 23 after detecting major building plan deviations, one of them has challenged the estate office’s move in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Claiming the site was sealed with any prior notice, Sunil Malik of Garib Nawaz Hotels Pvt Ltd asserted the revised building plan was approved by the planning advisory committee but had been pending with the estate office for the past five months.
A delegation of the Chandig arh Beopar Mandal visited the UT estate office to convey the objections of the city’s traders.
POLICE SEEK LEGAL OPINION
Shayin had urged SSP Sukhchain Singh to book the SDO (buildings), junior engineer and other UT estate officials for irregularities in approving building plans of the five commercial proper ties that were sealed. “We’ve referred the case to the ADA and will take necessary action only after seeking legal advice on the matter,” he said.