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Hostel constructed flouting norms

Hostel constructed flouting norms

india Updated: May 03, 2006 15:25 IST

THROWING TOWN planning norms to the winds a resident of Amitesh Nagar in Scheme No 59 has constructed a multi-storied hostel on a 3,000 sq feet residential plot reserved for bungalows by the Indore Development Authority (IDA).

Not only this, the builder is also learnt to have encroached upon areas reserved for marginal open spaces (MOS), constructed rooms and lavatories on balcony space and opened sewage pipes on the adjoining plots.

Although several complaints have been made to the IDA and the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) by neighbours little action has been taken, allegedly because the violator is “well connected.”

According to local residents the plot in question, number 62 at Amitesh Nagar in IDA Scheme No 59, owned by Muljibhai Patel is housed in a portion of the colony reserved for independent bungalows.

“Areas reserved for commercial, residential bungalows and multi-storied structures were directly allocated by the IDA when it developed the colony,” reveals vice-president Amitesh Nagar Residents’ Association, Jagdish Yadav.

The rules, however, have been blatantly flouted by Patel who constructed a G-plus-two structure on the plot where a hostel is being run, charge residents.

“He was even planning to add a third storey and had even erected columns for this purpose. The plan was, however, foiled when the columns were demolished after pressure was brought to bear upon the IMC,” reveals Yadav.

“Patel has built five rooms measuring roughly 10 x 10 feet on the ground floor and 12 rooms of equal size on the first floor. In order to gain additional space he has constructed rooms on balcony space and also encroached on MOS to the front and rear,” alleged Yadav.

He accuses Patel of opening sewage lines towards adjoining plots bearing numbers 61 and 63. “We repeatedly complained to Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma and CEO, IDA, CB Singh about the violation of rules but no action was taken,” he added.

Fed up, the RWA officials finally wrote to UAD Minister Jayant Malayya following which the IMC Removal department demolished the columns, Yadav informs. “Other illegal portions like the MOS encroachment were, however, left untouched,” he rued.

When contacted Bilawali Zone Building Officer Manohar Joshi said he could not comment on the matter as it was handled by a subordinate.

“All I know is that there were complaints of a multi (sic) being built on plot number 62. For further details you will have to contact building inspector Shyam Sharma,” offered the official evasively. Repeated efforts to contact Sharma proved futile.

First Published: May 03, 2006 15:25 IST