Illegal construction? LDA blinks!
ERRING BUILDERS rarely get to face the music, thanks to the ?blessings? of the LDA?s enforcement section that they enjoy. And nothing illustrates this builder-engineer nexus better than the plight of the Commercial Exchange Owners? Welfare Association (CEOWA), whose repeated pleas to get an illegal construction affecting fire-safety norms stopped in Hazratganj have proved to be a cry in the wilderness.india Updated: Nov 27, 2006 00:24 IST
ERRING BUILDERS rarely get to face the music, thanks to the ‘blessings’ of the LDA’s enforcement section that they enjoy. And nothing illustrates this builder-engineer nexus better than the plight of the Commercial Exchange Owners’ Welfare Association (CEOWA), whose repeated pleas to get an illegal construction affecting fire-safety norms stopped in Hazratganj have proved to be a cry in the wilderness.
Similar has been the experience of the residents association of Dileepur Tower on Sapru Marg, whose attempts to get unauthorised commercial activities in the multi-storied residential building stopped. “Are the authorities waiting for another Meher Bhargava-like tragedy to happen before they would take notice of the dubious elements who run some of these illegal commercial establishments in the building,” asks the residents’ body.
The High Court has time and again made it clear that no commercial activity should be permitted in a residential area. Does LDA needs a specific court direction against our building before it would take action? they asked.
In a letter to LDA Vice Chairman, the (CEOWA), which has it’s office in a multi-storied commercial exchange building at 24 Mahatma Gandhi Marg, drew his attention to the unauthorised construction being undertaken by a powerful builder in gross violation of the fire-safety norms. “We had first written to the LDA on September 1 in this connection.
Ever since we have sent several reminders to him but no action has been taken by the LDA so far to get the unauthorised construction stopped,” said president of the association Anil Kumar.
The association has let out a major portion of its building to the regional office of the State Bank of India. “The construction in the building’s setback towards the South by the builder would prevent us from getting the requisite fire NOC as per the directions of the High Court. This may compel the SBI to move out of the premises resulting in a major loss to our association most of whose members are senior citizens and depend on the rent they get from the premises,” said the association members.
Moreover, we will not be able to increase the rent for the premises in future in the absence of the fire NOC, they pointed out. The construction in the setback, according to the association, is allegedly being undertaken in gross violation of fire-safety norms by the builder, who intends to install two lifts for his complex at the spot.