Even as the town planning wing of municipal corporation (MC) has failed to take any action against the illegal buildings under construction in different parts of the city, an estimate committee of the state assembly would be in city to access the functioning of Jalandhar MC.
The checking of illegal constructions, the poor conditions of sanitary and sewerage conditions in the city, the shortage of drinking water supply and inundated roads full of potholes would be on the agenda of committee which is arriving in city for two day visit under the chairmanship of Mansa MLA Prem Mittal.
Talking to HT, Mittal said, "The team members would be available in city from 3pm onwards at the circuit house on Wednesday and would listen to public grievances against the MC."
HT had highlighted the issues of illegal constructions on July 31 but town-planning wing had failed to initiate any action against the defaulters. During a round of all the locations, the work was going at full swing towards completion in the two shops being constructed in the Adarsh Nagar locality, falling under ward number 37, on the roads leading to Hotel Inderprasth.
On the road leading to Regent Hotel from the same chowk, the work was nearly completed. At both the locations, the property owners had neither left any space for the parking nor had they kept the option of basement for underground parking. Full area was used by the owners for construction of shops.
Building by-laws clearly state that the property owners have to provide ample provision for open space in front of the building and at rear. Permissible site coverage lies between 40 per cent and 90 per cent depending upon the plot size to ensure the space for parking within the premises for assuring smooth plying of traffic on roads. Construction, in violation was also undergoing above a sweet shop situated on rainbow road leading from Model Town. The owner had constructed first and second floors of the building, reportedly, without any permission from the Municipal Corporation. On the site, Vikramjeet Singh was present who claimed to be owner of the shops.
"We are just renovating the shops to put them in use. Earlier these were not in use. We are not doing any violation," he said. On road leading towards old jail from Football Chowk, a branch of Canara bank was also seen in operation at the ground floor of the incomplete building.
The owner had leased out the ground floor of the building without taking the completion certificate from the Municipal Corporation and even put a small banner for inviting tenant for the place left in basement, normally, used for parking purposes. Harpreet Singh, the owner claimed while talking to this reporter that he had done everything as per provisions of law and had done nothing wrong but he failed to produce the completion certificate when demanded. "We were provided only NOC by the Municipal Corporation when demanded from the MC," he added.
"NOC means that the MC has no objection if the owner occupies the building to fulfill certain norms which we enlist on the No Objection certificate. No commercial work can be started in the campus without obtaining Completion Certificate. We have checked that the property owner have not taken completion certificate from the MC," said Municipal Town Planner Tej Preet Singh.
"We are also initiating action against the shops being constructed on the roads leading to Hotel Inderprasth," he added. Senior town planner, Municipal Corporation, Tirlok Singh said, "We have sought the report from assistant town planners of these areas. Action would certainly be taken against defaulters."