IMC abets NBC violations

BLAME IT on recent bestsellers but Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) appears to believe the National Building Code (NBC) is something to be cracked rather than implemented.

india Updated: Sep 25, 2006 16:08 IST

BLAME IT on recent bestsellers but Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) appears to believe the National Building Code (NBC) is something to be cracked rather than implemented.

The NBC mandates that newly constructed structures can be occupied only after the Corporation issues completion certificates - a document attesting that the builder has stayed true to the approved site plan, building byelaws and municipal norms.

However, scores of residential and commercial structures, including some in the swankiest localities in town, have been either let out or sold by builders without obtaining this all-important document.

Among them, the Starlit Complex-a sprawling commercial building that has replaced the theatre of the same name at 29, YN Road, B-1, Chandra Nagar, AB Road, 16/1 South Tukoganj, and 29-30 GF, Scheme No 54 opposite Sayaji Hotel to name just a few.

Interestingly, IMC Speaker Shankar Lalwani’s brother Raja Lalwani owns three buildings,-80, Swami Vivekananda Nagar, 17, Bima Nagar and FF-1, Scheme No 54-while yet another, 9/1, 10/1, New Palasia has been built by M/s Chawla Constructions owned by the Speaker’s father-in-law.

But how has this large-scale violation been made possible? “Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma and other top officials agree to waive post-completion inspection of new buildings in return for monetary considerations ranging from Rs 3-6 lakh,” charged Bharatiya Janshakti Party leader Parmanand Sisodia.

In this manner builders are allowed to get away with blatant transgressions including construction of flats on space reserved for parking or exceeding built up area limits said the politico.

“The sum builders are asked for is a fraction of what they would have to pay to acquire the land legally and so they pay up uncomplainingly,” added Sisodia. With civic authorities turning a blind eye there are violations aplenty. Newly built structures, like rolling stones, gather no MOS (marginal open spaces).

Most may turn out to be just as unstable, too, thanks to the authorities’ unwillingness to ensure NBC diktats on building materials, fire safety measures like installation of internal hydrant systems in these buildings.

First Published: Sep 25, 2006 16:08 IST