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Congress councillor seeks action on illegal construction of marriage palace

Sanjeev Bhalla, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, February 19, 2013
First Published: 18:54 IST(19/2/2013) | Last Updated: 18:55 IST(19/2/2013)

Alleging Municipal Corporation authorities for adopting dual stand towards illegal constructions by Akali workers, a congress councillor had demanded demolition of the marriage palace built in Shiv Nagar locality by an influential akali leader of the area and had demanded strict action against the owner.

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“This marriage palace, built in nearly 2.5 acres had been built just 35 feet away from the Ferozepur-Jalandhar railway track in Shiv Nagar locality of my ward setting aside all building bye-laws. Neither the owner had bothered to get the construction plan approved nor he had submitted the mandatory fee prescribed for marriage palace. Complaint in this regard had been moved to municipal authorities but they had turned blind eye towards this glaring illegal construction,” said Councillor Pardeep Singh Rai.
 
A written complaint in this regard was moved to Joint Commissioner of Municipal Corporation Anupam Kler on January 17 but for no results, he added.
 
“After taking oath as the councillor, I raised point of illegal constructions in the first meeting of house and the authorities assured action against the defaulters but in the next meeting, surprisingly, the point was dropped from agenda for the reasons best known to them,” Rai further added.
 
“When I noticed that corporation had taken no action against the construction, I took some media persons at the site who took photographs of the building but on the very next day, the owner, who is a influential Akali leader painted the name of some nursery on the boundary wall to befool people,” Rai alleged.
 
“We had moved complaints regarding violation of building bye-laws to railway ministry also because heavy noise of the marriage palace, just close to the railway track can harm the railway traffic also,” said Ajay Kumar, chairman of OBC wing of district congress committee.
 
“We are surprised why municipal corporation and JDA authorities had turned blind eye to this illegal construction for which no construction plan had been approved by the municipal corporation. If they can raze the houses constructed illegally in the other parts of the city then why this has been ignored so far,” added Ajay Kumar.
 
“We had given the ultimatum of seven days to Municipal Corporation and if they fail to take any action, we would block the traffic to awaken the municipal corporation authorities,” he warned.
 
Meanwhile, Joint Commissioner Anupam Kler said, “some persons of the area had met me in the previous days with complaints in this regard and I had deputed my staff to enquire into the matter. In a day or two, the report would be submitted to me and thereafter after perusing the report; next course of action would be decided.”

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