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Hospital on residential plot?

SCHEDULED INAUGURATION of a hospital in Arera Colony by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday has put the district administration in a quandary. The administration had all but served a notice to the hospital for land misuse. However, as soon as it learnt about the Chief Minister?s programme, the notice was put on hold.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2006 13:33 IST

SCHEDULED INAUGURATION of a hospital in Arera Colony by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday has put the district administration in a quandary. The administration had all but served a notice to the hospital for land misuse. However, as soon as it learnt about the Chief Minister’s programme, the notice was put on hold.

The hospital, say official sources, has come up on a residential plot in violation of the land use rules. Some times back, the district administration served notices to 68 plot holders in the Arera Colony for violation of the lease agreement.

Most of these violations are related to land use as the plots were given for residential purpose only. However, no action has been taken against them. Even Mayor Sunil Sood had admitted helplessness in checking building norms violations in Arera Colony during a recent BMC council.

The scheduled inauguration of the hospital by the chief minister is likely to dampen drive against such violations.

According to local residents, the board of the hospital was put up only a couple of days back. Another hospital is being constructed in the vicinity.

The officials said that there are hundreds of violations of land use in Arera Colony, which is basically a residential colony. The district administration has already started process of terminating the lease agreement of about a dozen plot holders.

The decision is pending in the court of district collector. When contacted, SDM Urmila Shukla said that an inquiry is being carried out about violation of land use in this particular case.

BMC’s city planner Sanjay Mishra said that checking land use violations is under the jurisdiction of Town and Country Planning. On the other hand, joint director, Town and Country Planning Department, Vijay Sanwalkar said that he is not aware of land use status of this particular building.

He said that the department has already served notices to some plot holders in Arera Colony.

First Published: Feb 12, 2006 13:33 IST