SIX IMC engineers - including State BJP Organising Secretary Kaptan Singh Solanki’s son-in-law Subhash Chauhan - are in the dock for allegedly bending rules to issue building permission for a multi-crore structure at 576, MG Road, and regularising the illegal portions under a governmental amnesty for floor area ratio (FAR) violators.
Three of the accused - Assistant Engineer Chauhan, Building Officer and Bridge Cell in-charge Anoop Goyal and City Engineer Harbhajan Singh - reportedly received flats in the five-storeyed building in return for their ‘assistance’.
The alleged quid pro quo came to light after a complaint was filed with the Lokayukta, which took cognisance of the matter and in a missive on Wednesday directed Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma to forward all files pertaining to the building.
In a sworn affidavit submitted to the Lokayukta, the complainant charged that the IMC engineers issued permission for construction without obtaining diversion clearances from the Town and Country Planning Department, overlooked violation of marginal open space (MOS) and open terrace space norms and caused revenue losses to the State exchequer by registering the structure in the name of a housing cooperative rather than an individual.
He revealed that permission to build on the 1525.76 square metre land at 576, MG Road, was first sought by one Surendra Kumar Sethi, who owned part of the plot on June 9, 2004. As per the application the building was to be constructed by Charlie Cooperative Housing Society, (Registration No 31, dated December 31, 2002) with its office at 29/1, Race Course Road.
On July 5, 2004, the Corporation directed Sethi to submit papers proving his ownership of the land. However, just two days later the IMC received another building permission application (No 9252, dated July 7, 2004) for the plot, this time by one Deepak Kalra. This, though, was rejected by Building Inspector Parasram Aroliya on grounds that ‘permission cannot be granted as no diversion clearance has been obtained from the Town and Country Planning Department’.
However, just five days later on July 12, 2004, the IMC okayed the construction of a G+5+terrace structure on the site through an order signed by Building Officer S K Jain, who, incidentally, didn’t even have charge of the area where the plot was located.
Velocity also under scanner
THE VELOCITY multiplex at Ring Road has also come under the Lokayukta scanner. In a letter to IMC and IDA the agency is learnt to have demanded to know whether the plot was a designated green area, and, if so, how and why permission was granted for setting up a multiplex at the site.
What is the land use allocated to the concerned piece of land under the master plan, under what rules was the allocation carried out, what rates were fixed for the land and under what conditions was the prime piece of real estate allotted are some of the queries posed by the Lokayukta missive. The letter also seeks to know whether the Town and Country Planning Department’s permission was sought before allotting the land.