THE NUMBER of buildings on the LDA hit-list went up by three.
The LDA authorities, who had earlier passed demolition orders against five out of the 32 unauthorised buildings in question on Thursday, clarified that similar orders had been passed against three other structures in its enforcement Zone-II.
The latest additions on the hit list include Hotel Dileep in Hussainganj, Harmain Hospital on Cantonment Road and anther building owned by one Putti Lal Gupta, according to LDA officials. “The demolitions orders against the buildings were passed ex-parte as their owners failed to reply to the show cause served by us twice to them,” said executive engineer SK Srivastava, who has been empowered by the LDA Vice Chairman to conduct the hearing. Sources on the other hand maintained that demolition orders on at leas four structures had been issued much before their names were included in the Public Interest Litigation filed in this connection before the High Court here. “Since the proceedings against these illegal constructions had already been initiated and demolition orders were passed by the competent authority, there was no point in issuing fresh show cause notices to them and begin the whole process afresh,” said an official requesting anonymity.
Of the 32 multi-storeyed structures in the eye of the storm, while 23 are located in enforcement Zone-I, which comprises Hazratganj, Park Road, Rana Pratap Marg, Naka, Aishbagh, Lalbagh and their adjoining localities, the remaining nine are situated in Zone-II of the LDA. Majority of these structures are located in the up market area of the city and comprise some of the well-known group housing addresses like Shalimar Apartments on Parag Narain Road, Rohtas Apartment, Qaiser Chambers, Akash Apartments etc. Among prominent commercial structures are the UPTEC building on Rana Pratap Marg, Dayal Chambers on Way Road, Mega Shop Building in Hussainganj, Lalbagh Palace and Elahi Complex.
That these unauthorised structures could not have come up without the connivance of members of LDA’s enforcement section is something, which is not denied by the authorities. But the irony is that neither the erring builder, who has disappeared from the scene after selling the shops to gullible people, nor the corrupt erring engineers under whose patronage these structures were built have ever been taken to task. In fact, it was to break this engineer-builder nexus that the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court had ordered transfer of engineers, who had completed seven years of service. The court had also stated that engineers who had completed three year tenure in the enforcement section should be moved out. But, so far the court directives have not been fully complied with.