In gross violation of rules, a Hoshiapur-based private land developer has blocked the main drain of Adampur town to construct the main gate of an under-construction residential colony.
Surprisingly, all violations went unnoticed by the departments concerned. These came to the fore when some local residents saw construction on the drainage and informed the local administration and the Adampur nagar council about this.
The private developer, Veena Valley, from Krishna Nagar of Hoshiarpur, is constructing the residential colony, approved by the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA), in around seven acres of land on the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur road along the Taragarh drain which receives a large amount of rainy water from Adampur town.
It has been learnt that a Congress MLA from Hoshiarpur district is also a hidden promoter of the colony.
Though the PUDA-approved plan says that the colony has main gate from the other side, the land promoter on Saturday night constructed a 30-metre bridge over the drain and blocked it to reap profit by connecting it to the main road.
A delegation of local leaders, who met Adampur MLA and chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Pawan
Tinu, alleged that despite repeated reminders to drainage department and executive officer (EO) of Adampur nagar council, no action has been taken so far.
Following this, Tinu visited the site and called the police on the spot and stopped the work.
After the CPS's intervention, Umesh Khanna, sub-divisional officer (SDO) of drainage department, on Tuesday lodged a complaint at the Adampur police station about illegal blocking of the drain.
"About six months back, the private developer had applied for permission for construction over the drain which we refused as per the Drainage Act, Punjab. Still, they constructed it without informing us," he said.
According to the Drainage Act, laying of drainage pipes is not allowed on the drain and an FIR can be registered against the developer for violation.
Adampur nagar council executive officer Ramjit Singh said, "The colony is coming up without our clearance. Twenty per cent of the colony falls under the jurisdiction of Adampur nagar council whereas the rest of the land belongs to village panchayat," he said.
"PUDA gave clearance to the project without getting no-objection certificate (NOC) from us. PUDA is responsible for the violation and not the nagar council," said the nagar council executive officer.
He said when local residents informed them about the blockade of drain they tried to stop the contractor.
Adampur SHO Gurpreet Singh said he was not aware of the issue since he had recently joined.
HT tried to contact the promoters on a number given on the map of the colony but nobody responded.