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House missive to IMC on land use violation

THE INTERMITTENT sniping between rival BJP factions has once again led to trouble for the IMC. The State Assembly has demanded a clarification on illegal construction and land use violation on a building owned by Accounts Committee chairman Rajendra Jaiswal after details of the alleged irregularities were leaked to the Congress, allegedly by a member of the opposing camp.

india Updated: Nov 03, 2006 15:05 IST

THE INTERMITTENT sniping between rival BJP factions has once again led to trouble for the IMC. The State Assembly has demanded a clarification on illegal construction and land use violation on a building owned by Accounts Committee chairman Rajendra Jaiswal after details of the alleged irregularities were leaked to the Congress, allegedly by a member of the opposing camp.

The issue was raised by leader of the Opposition Jamuna Devi in the House and the Vidhan Sabha has now written to Municipal Commissioner directing him to submit a reply in the matter.

Sources in the IMC revealed that Jaiswal purchased Plots No 197 and 198 in IDA Scheme No 97 (4) and constructed a multi-storeyed building at the site. Although the land use in the area is residential the Accounts Committee chief allegedly built eight shops on the ground floor. He is also alleged to have violated municipal by-laws by constructing on areas reserved for marginal open spaces (MOS).

Although the IMC chose to ignore the transgressions, Jaiswal’s own party colleagues weren’t as forgiving and details of the violation were quietly passed on to the Congress by a saffron party politician. The Congress then raised the issue in the Vidhan Sabha that, in turn, demanded a reply from the IMC.

The Assembly missive sent Building Permission officials scurrying for cover and a damage control exercise was quickly initiated.

Manohar Joshi, zonal officer (ZO) of Bilawali zone under which the plot falls, was directed to carry out an on-site inspection and submit his report immediately. The ZO has already carried out the inspection and forwarded the report to City Engineer (Building Permission) G P Pathak and the Corporation is learnt to be pondering demolition of illegal additions to the structure.

Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma is learnt to have already discussed the matter with Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma and a final decision may be taken within a fortnight.

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Manohar Joshi, zonal officer (ZO), Bilawali zone: On-site inspection revealed that several shops had been constructed on the ground floor of the building in violation of the allocated residential land use for the area. It was also found illegal constructions had been carried out on areas reserved for MOS.

Rajendra Jaiswal, Accounts Committee Chairman: I have sold the building. Since I don’t own the structure anymore I don’t want to comment on the matter.