A market in Bistupur which is also under the scanner for flouting construction norms. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Shops in Tata Steel command area that flouted norms to add floors or make other modifications will soon face administrative action.
The East Singhbhum district administration has set up a five-member committee headed by additional deputy commissioner Ganesh Kumar to get cracking on the erring shopowners.
The committee, comprising special officer of Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee, Tata Steel’s marketing officer, Jamshedpur circle officer and a senior land officer of Tata Steel besides Kumar, is expected to hold a meeting shortly to finalise its line of action.
The marketplaces that will come under the scanner are in Bistupur, Sakchi, Golmuri, Sonari, Kadma, Kagalnagar (Sonari), Sidhgora and Burmamines. Some of the shops located at the markets are known to have raised their height without taking the authorities’ permission.
The additional deputy commissioner said the decision to initiate action against the erring shopowners was taken on the basis of complaints lodged with the district administration.
“The act of raising the height of shops without proper permission is not only a violation of rules and regulations set by the allotting authority, in this case Tata Steel, it also involves the safety factor,” Kumar told The Telegraph.
He added that the five-member special committee would soon meet to decide what should be the parameters for taking action and when they should start the crackdown. He further said the committee would conduct a meticulous survey of all the marketplaces and verify if the shopkeepers had necessary permission to carry out the modifications.
“Whether the shopkeepers will have to raze the modified or raised portion or cough up a penalty will be decided at the committee’s meeting that will be held sometime later this week,” said the additional deputy commissioner.
He, however, made it clear that the crackdown would start before Durga Puja.
Notably, Tata Steel’s marketing division has allotted over 2,000 shops in Sakchi, Bistupur, Kadma, Golmuri and Burmamines area. Many shopkeepers added a floor to the existing structure on their own by raising the establishment’s height and digging the plinth deeper.