A private construction firm has lodged a complaint with the commissioner of police against officials of the municipal corporation, accusing them of causing financial losses to the company by demolishing a building at Hambran Road here without following proper procedure.
Director of Garg Infrastructure Private Limited Harish Gupta alleged that a shopping plaza built by them was demolished by assistant town planner Rajinder Sharma, who was convinced by the owner of a neighboring building that our building was flouting bylaws.
Gupta shot off a letter to the police commissioner, urging him to register a case against the official.
“After seeking various clarifications from the complainant company, the building plan was sanctioned on July 6, 2006 by the MC, and the construction was started therafter,” stated Gupta in his letter to the police commissioner.
The letter further stated that the owner of the adjoining building started interfering in their construction work, and thus convinced the MC officials to take action against our shopping plaza on the pretext that the owner had not left the required 12 meter space on either sides of the plaza as per building bylaws.
“The company had already approached the Punjab government to seek relaxation in this connection. The revised building plan was approved on March 27, 2009,” said Gupta.
He further stated that ATP Rajinder Sharma cancelled the earlier plan on April 13, 2009, as a result of which the complainant company approached the MC, asking the officials to reconsider the cancellation orders.
“Huge financial losses were incurred by the company due to delay in construction of the plaza. In addition, the company had lent the money for construction from State Bank of India, thus the premises were taken into procession by the bank,” Gupta stated.
He alleged that the MC on Tuesday demolished the side walls of the complex, as a result of which entire roof of the building was collapsed, causing a loss of worth Rs 5 crore.Gupta urged the police commissioner to order an inquiry into the case.