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Fine for tinkering with building plan

This one is for those who built their houses on whims and fancies.

delhi Updated: Jan 21, 2011 00:46 IST
Neelam Pandey

This one is for those who built their houses on whims and fancies.

If you installed a washbasin where it was not supposed to be or constructed a whole new wall just to get another room, the MCD will hunt you down soon and slap a fine.

Finalising its budget estimates for 2011-12 at a special meeting of the MCD's standing committee, the civic agency has decided to survey all properties in the city including posh approved colonies to find out if any unauthorised construction has been carried out.

Property owners who, after getting their building plan sanctioned, made certain deviations to the original plan by constructing an additional partition wall, a new wash basin, extended their balconies, etc., will be fined. The civic agency is hoping to earn R25 crore through this exercise.

"There are thousands of property owners who had got their building plans sanctioned many years back and have made many changes to their houses. Rather than demolishing those structures, we want them to get it regularised by paying a fine. A survey to ascertain the deviations made in those properties will be carried out this year," said Yogender Chandolia, chairman of MCD’s Standing Committee.

Officials said the fine can range between R5,000 to R1 lakh, depending on the deviations.

"There are a number of property owners whose plans were cleared when the Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) 2001 was in place. But they carried out construction, which were not permissible under the MDP 2001 but are covered under the MPD 2021. These owners will now have to shell out lakhs of rupees to get their buildings regularised, otherwise the construction will be termed illegal and demolition action can be carried out there," said a senior MCD official.

Property owners in a number of posh colonies such as Greater Kailash I, II, Lajpat Nagar, East of Kailash, Jangpura, New Friends Colony, Saket, Malviya Nagar among others have constructed third floors. This is covered under the MPD 2021 but was not part of the building plans when sanctioned.

"They will have to pay a fine for getting the third floor regularised too," added the official.