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Commercial activities at DT Mall illegal: UT admn

punjab Updated: Nov 17, 2015 09:21 IST
Monica Sharma
Monica Sharma
Hindustan Times
DT Mall

The premises of UT Mall at IT Park in Chandigarh.(HT Photo)

Most of the commercial activities going on at the DT City Centre, popularly known as DT Mall, at Rajiv Gandhi Information Technology Park are illegal. Developed by leading realty firm DLF, the mall, as per the UT estate office, was supposed to give space for offices IT firms only and the administration is mulling taking action against the developer for gross violation of the allotment rules.

The estate office had conducted a detailed probe following a complaint that the DT Mall had been misusing the premises for commercial activities. The estate office in a detailed report has submitted that the mall has been let open for the public whereas the area was meant exclusive for use of employees working in the information technology field. The property was supposed to be used for offices and not any public enterprise.

Confirming the development, the UT finance secretary Sarvjit Singh said, “The report has found that the area was to be used as office space for the IT employees and not for any public-dealing enterprise. The UT estate office has been asked to prepare a detailed action plan and the penalty would be decided after looking into the violations.”

UT deputy commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi said, “The basic inquiry has been completed. We have found some irregularities and are in the process of taking action according to the rules.”

“Property was meant to be used for IT-related activities. The case is old and has been brought to my notice two days back. We will take action within a month,” Joshi added.

The UT administration is studying the violations and then decide on what action should be taken. The least punishment the developer can face is penalty.

DLF executive director (north) Rakesh Kerwell said, “All approvals for the property are in place and the property had come up in compliance with all the guidelines. We have taken due approvals, including the architectural plan. The estate office has been regularly inspecting the premises and we have been paying all the dues.”

The DT Mall was thrown open to public in 2007, four years after the IT park came into existence.