THE INDORE Municipal Corporation (IMC) today handed ultimatum to 83 buildings hosting shops or flats in basement space reserved for parking.
The owners have been granted 72 hours to voluntarily raze flats or shops built in basements and warned that failure to do so would result in these being knocked down forcibly.
Interestingly, the Corporation has itself constructed dozens of shops in the multi-storied parking complex at Subhash Chowk and is currently defending the move in the High Court.
Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma directed officials to issue notices to errant building owners at a meeting of IMC Public Works department officials convened at his residence late on Sunday evening.
Additional Municipal Commissioner Kumar Purshottam, City Engineer GP Pathak and Building Officers of all 12 zones were among those present at the meeting.
During the meeting the Commissioner reminded Building Officers to be especially careful while granting building permissions so that situations like the one where the Lokayukta demanded files pertaining to a building at 576, MG Road could be avoided.
The buildings currently under the scanner are among 260 g-plus-three structures constructed during the last three years that were found guilty of site plan violations during a recent Indore Municipal Corporation survey in all 12 municipal zones.
While 83 buildings were found to have erected shops or flats in basements during the survey the remaining were deemed guilty of constructing commercial structures in residential localities, exceeding built up area limits or encroaching on marginal open spaces.
Not surprisingly, given the high land prices, the largest number of violations were reported from the Stadium and Vijay Nagar zones.
The survey came in the wake of a directive by the High Court to civic bodies to ensure that no shops or flats were allowed to come up in basements.
“The violators have been granted three days’ time to remove the illegal portions themselves. If this isn’t done the Corporation will demolish the shops and basements after giving them a final 24 hour notice”, said Sharma when contacted over the phone.
He further declared that the Indore Municipal Corporation would also initiate action against the 618-odd applicants whose pleas for regularisation of illegal additions were dismissed during the recent compounding drive.