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Norms violated in city’s EWS buildings

Following complaints over the violation of construction norms in buildings having flats for the economically weaker section (EWS), the authority has asked the developers to conduct surveys in their colonies and disconnect water and sewer lines of the offenders. Sanjeev K Ahuja reports.

india Updated: Aug 15, 2011 23:54 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

Following complaints over the violation of construction norms in buildings having flats for the economically weaker section (EWS), the authority has asked the developers to conduct surveys in their colonies and disconnect water and sewer lines of the offenders.

The town and country planning department has received complaints that many buildings having flats for the poor in posh localities have blatantly violated the construction laws by building up to five floors against the prescribed norm of two and half floors.

There are complaints that the 60-sq-yard properties, which are supposed to be owned and used by people having a monthly income of not more than R1,500-3,300, are also used for commercial purposes.

Violations have been reported in several areas, including DLF City, Sushant Lok, Southcity, Malibu Towne, Ardee City, Rosewood City, Uppal’s and Sun City. The senior town planner (STP) has asked the district town planning department and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) to deploy officials for conducting surveys and submitting reports at the earliest.

The STP has written to nine developers — DLF Universal Ltd, Unitech Ltd, Ansal Properties, Ansal Buildwell, Malibu Estate, Gopal Dass Estate Pvt Ltd (Ardee City), Uddar Gagan Properties Ltd (Sun City), Uppal Housing Pvt Ltd and Ajay Enterprises Ltd (Rosewood City).

In its letter, the STP said the developers are duty-bound to prevent violations of building bye-laws in their respective colonies. “Hence, they are directed to conduct survey of their respective colonies immediately and initiate action against such house owners by severing water and sewer connections after intimating the office,” says the letter.

The rampant commercialisation of the EWS flats in the form of liquor vends, salons, property dealer offices, PG accommodations and for erecting cellular towers has made the lives of residents difficult.

Besides, the owners of such properties violate the construction and zonal norms set by the civic authorities.

Dharam Vir Yadav of Sheetal Residents Welfare Association of Mayfield Garden said the enforcement wing of the town and country planning department had failed to check the menace.