SOME POCKETS of residential sectors in Arera Colony may soon turn into commercial centres, if the violation of land use continues at the same pace. The increasing commercial activities in the locality have shrunken road space and created parking problem. As of now, over 60 lease violation cases are pending with the district administration.
There appears to be no coordination among the government agencies in cases of lease, land use and building permission violations.
Even the elected representatives have been picking up specific cases of violation as per their convenience instead of addressing the larger issue. Banks, hospitals, showrooms, restaurants, grocery shops and ice cream parlours are being run in the buildings meant for residential purpose.
In cases of violation in Arera Colony, three government agencies — the district administration, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Town and Country Planning (T&CP) — come in picture.
The district administration leases out land and the BMC issues building permissions. The BMC issues building permission on the basis of T&CP recommendations in keeping with the Master Plan and rules under different sections of Bhumi Vikas Adhiniyam 1984.
The BMC is tasked with issuing building permission as per the lease agreement and T&CP recommendations. However, it does not always seem to happen.
In some cases, T&CP makes ambiguous recommendations resulting in benefit to plot holders. The T&CP can take action under the Section 36 and 37 of the T&CP Act 1973. However, action under these sections is not visible so far. Despite flagrant violation of lease agreement, the district administration cancelled only one lease agreement in Arera Colony.
The BMC and T&CP officials, who refused to be quoted, blamed pressure from influential citizens who own houses and plots in this locality, for such violations.
When asked, District Collector S K Mishra said the hearing in lease violation cases has been under way. It is a regular process and depends on the representation by the person who gets notice in this regard. It is a slow process, he added.
MLA Umashankar Gupta, who wrote a letter couple of days back in a particular case of alleged violation of building permission rules, said the BMC’s apathy has resulted in the violation. He said if the rules are not practical the Government should change them.
Mayor Sunil Sood said the action against such violations is a regular process in the BMC. But all agencies concerned should come forward to take strict action in this regard, he added.