LDA says stop construction. But why now?
PROXIMITY COULD prove detrimental. And no one knows this better than the owners of Amrapali Apartments coming up adjacent to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on Faizabad Road.Updated: Aug 24, 2006 01:21 IST
PROXIMITY COULD prove detrimental. And no one knows this better than the owners of Amrapali Apartments coming up adjacent to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on Faizabad Road.
The builders received a jolt when like a bolt from the blue they were asked by the LDA to suspend all ongoing construction activities. Reason: The development regulator, which had sanctioned the building plan of the project around nine months back, had on second thoughts decided to withdraw the sanction!
LDA maintains it was left with no option after HAL raised objection to the project on the ground that it would undermine its security. Moreover, it (HAL) said the builder had not obtained the mandatory No Objection Certificate from it. “The onus of obtaining all relevant NOCs rests with the applicant. The map of the building in question was approved subject to certain conditions that were to be fulfilled by the applicant. One of this condition was the procurement of all required NOCs,” said LDA Vice Chairman BB Singh, adding that the sanction stood automatically withdrawn as the builder had failed to obtained the required NOC from the HAL.
But then why was the builder allowed to proceed with the construction work when he did not have the required permission? What was the department’s so-called Regulation of Building Operation (RBO) wing doing all the while letting the erring builder to construct five out of the eight storey permission for which was granted by the LDA? The LDA VC was silent on fixing the accountability of his own staff on the issue.
The builder Mohit Gupta when contacted by HT Lucknow Live had his own story to tell. “We have provided all the necessary documents to the LDA. How can it cancel our building map, approved on December 1, 2005, without giving us an opportunity of hearing?” argued Gupta. He said the approval for building maps was granted by the LDA under Section 14 of the UP Urban Planning and Development Act of 1993. Section 28 contains the grounds on which this permission can be cancelled/withdrawn and it states that this can be done only if applicant makes deviations from the approved drawing, pointed out Gupta.
As for security of the HAL, he said, its general manager in his letter to the LDA VC had himself admitted that they were in the process of obtaining for itself the level of security status usually prescribed for all defense related establishments by the Union Government. He said, there were scores of other mutli-storey buildings in the vicinity of the HAL that did not possess the requisite NOC but the former had never raised any such objection over them. Spread over two acre, the two blocks of the Apartments, he said would comprise a total of 110 flats majority of which had been booked and 40 of out of them had been built.