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Third eye on rogue builders

Jamshedpur, Nov. 18: The Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) has decided to set up a five-member monitoring panel to nail building rule violators in areas under its jurisdiction.

Headed by the special officer of JNAC, the committee will carry out surveys in the city at regular intervals and will wield the authority to stop work if a particular under-construction building is found to deviate from the plan approved by the civic body.

The JNAC’s tough stand has been prompted by blatant violation of the National Building Code by mushrooming structures, especially in prime locations like Bistupur, Sakchi, Baradwari and Sonari.

Special officer J.P. Yadav admitted that it was due to JNAC’s lax monitoring machinery that rogue builders and real estate developers were ignoring building rules. “The civic body is grappling with staff crunch. As a result, attention cannot be paid everywhere and builders are taking advantage of this to deviate from approved projects,” he said.

Yadav reiterated that since the JNAC was short-staffed, it could not keep tab on each and every building being constructed in the city. “So, a monitoring committee is being constituted to check and penalise violators. Errant builders will be taken to task to stop violation of the law,” the special officer said.

In prime locations like Bistupur and Sakchi, plans are approved for only ground plus two (G+2). However, most buildings that have come up here in the past couple of years have deviated from the rule. In some places, buildings are as high as six storeys instead of the authorised three.

The monitoring committee is expected to start functioning from next week.

Senior JNAC officials revealed that it would first identify buildings that have violated norms, following which it necessary action will be taken. Penalty may go up to demolition of illegal storeys and the violator may be tried under the Jharkhand Apartment Act of 2006 in the court of law.

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