Blue Print Check
Ranchi, Aug. 5: Those planning to alter building plans and apply for revised maps may find the going tough.
With several registered architects authorised to ensure that no deviation takes place in proposed building plans within the state capital failing in their task, the development board plans to take things seriously.
Not even one of the around 50 architects registered with the Ranchi Regional Development Authority (RRDA) have submitted certificates declaring that “construction work is going on according to the approved plan” up to the plinth-level.
Major deviations have taken place with parties changing the plinth area of buildings, especially commercial and residential apartments.
An architect alleged that their role is limited when it comes to giving a report on the construction and checking if it follows the plan.
The RRDA engineers always look for deviations in the construction work and try to convince the party that the revised map would get passed against monetary favours, said an engineer.
Early this year, during the tenure of Maheshwar Prasad Mishra as RRDA vice-chairman, registered architects were given the task to check construction up to the plinth level and submit a report on whether it has followed the approved map.
“Architects who are responsible for planning a map of individual and multi-storeyed buildings for RRDA’s approval are not adhering to the rule. They are supposed to submit a certificate that would mention whether buildings are constructed according to plan at least up to the plinth-level,” said P.C. Birua, the executive engineer of RRDA.
Birua added that over 200 cases of unauthorised constructions have been reported recently within the RRDA jurisdiction while the urban body has issued notices to 20 building/flat owners to demolish the deviated structures.
But sources said for many engineers and architects registered with RRDA, unauthorised constructions have become a profitable proposition.
They convince owners/builders, who deviate from the actual plan to apply for revised maps and thereafter a vicious cycle of monetary transaction begins.
Ultimately, the revised map is passed by RRDA against hefty gains.
RRDA vice-chairman V.P.N. Singh is particularly taking interest in ensuring that cases of deviation and unauthorised constructions are dealt with toughness.