‘Encroachment’ of public utility space at Gurugram’s Omaxe Mall under scanner
The mall, with its ground plus four floors and three basements, is fully occupied by shop owners. However, the responsibility of maintaining the mall rests with the developer.gurgaon Updated: Aug 11, 2018 07:27 IST
The encroachment of public utility spaces at Omaxe Mall, Sohna Road, is on the radar of the enforcement cell of department of town and country planning (DTCP), Gurugram. A team of officials of the department has been assigned to fix the problem in a timebound manner and submit a report to the civil court.
The mall, with its ground plus four floors and three basements, is fully occupied by shop owners. However, the responsibility of maintenance of the mall rests with the developer.
One of the shop owners on May 10 this year had moved a petition in the district court against the mall management, seeking action to clear public utility spaces from all kinds of encroachments.
“The court asked DTCP (enforcement) to verify the complaint and submit a report. The court will hear the matter on September 20. The court had also asked the district fire service department to inspect. The fire officials in their report to the court on July 24 confirmed violations of public utility spaces. Since DTCP (enforcement) had not filed its report, the court redirected the enforcement cell to verify and submit the report,” said Vikas Gupta, shop owner and the complainant in the matter.
Gupta said, “On the ground floor, spaces such as common corridor, washrooms, stairwells, entry and exit points and areas near lifts are being utilised by the renter for personal use. The mall management had turned a blind eye to such violation of rules, and we had no other option but to file a case in the civil court. We have also paid money for common areas, and these areas are major spaces in case of casualties.”
The enforcement officials inspected the mall on Friday for three hours, but refused to divulge their findings.
“I will not reveal the findings, since I have to submit them to my senior officials. I have inspected the mall in question on the direction of court,” said Tarun Bhatia, junior engineer, DTCP (enforcement) who was appointed by the commissioner on the direction of court in this matter.
The DTCP (enforcement) may also send a show-cause notice to the mall management of seven days to reply in its defence, if the complaints are found genuine.
Ved Prakash Sehrawat, district town planner (enforcement), said, “I have received a lot of complaints regarding violation of rules in Omaxe Mall. The team is supposed to submit its report by Monday. I may also inspect the mall personally. Lawful action will definitely be taken.”
When asked, Ram Pailya, mall manager, Omaxe Mall, said, “We are not aware of the violations, and it is not right time to say anything in this regard.”
First Published: Aug 11, 2018 07:27 IST