THE BUILDING Permission Section of the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC), which has many times okayed building and colony plans in violation of government rules, can furnish incorrect information even to courts.
In one such case, the BMC misled the district court about a building permission issued to the Girija Coloniser for a huge complex on Hoshangabad Road. The BMC told the court in December 2004 that it has not issued any building permission carrying No 299 (actual number: NC1053-00299-0504. Of this, 299 is the building permission number).
But the Hindustan Times is in possession of at least two documents confirming that the building permission bearing this number was actually issued. Though the BMC denied it in the court, a huge complex has already been constructed at the site on the basis of the same building permission.
In reply to information sought by a citizen, the Building Permission Section of BMC had admitted in an official letter that it issued the building permission number 299 on May 20, 2004.
The Hindustan Times is also in possession of the certificate of this building permission. BMC insiders said that involvement of a senior politician resulted in this mess. It is also learnt that like many other files, this file may also be missing.
The land in question is a part of Ganesh Nagar and the building permission was granted a year after the BMC took over the management of this colony. Thus, the BMC officials involved in the matter are hiding the building permission actually issued.
In old maps, the land is shown as part of Ganesh Nagar. However, the BMC’s illegal colony cell officials say that this land is not part of this colony, though previously owned by the developers of Ganesh Nagar. They said that Nazool Department had also issued a no-objection certificate in this regard.
When asked, BMC Commissioner Manish Singh told the Hindustan Times that he is not aware of the case. Singh, however, assured that he would look into the matter and see whether the BMC issued such a building permission or not.