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Building map scan to spot illegal structures

In a bid to put brakes on unauthorised constructions in the state capital, the civic body has asked the certified architects to submit within a week the details of the building maps they have approved in their tenure.

The architects found guilty of clearing maps violating the norms would be taken to task. They would be prosecuted under the provisions of the Bihar Municipal Act, 2007.

According to sources, the Patna Municipal Corporation has 52 certified architects. They were empanelled in 2009.

A senior officer of the corporation said: “Acting on the directive of the urban development department, the corporation on Monday issued a notice to all the architects to furnish the details of the maps approved by them within a week.”

Certified architect Abhishek Sharma, however, said: “I have not received a copy of any such order or notice from the corporation yet.”

The notice was served on the architects after the urban development department on December 13 imposed a ban on approval of maps for any multi-storeyed building beyond the height of 11m till the proposed Bihar Municipal Building by-laws and building codes come into effect.

In a letter issued on the same day, the department asked all urban local bodies to get the details of the approved maps from all the certified architects in a prescribed format, including the height of buildings, the width of roads adjacent to them, and the permissible and the used floor area ratio.

Urban development department secretary S. Siddharth told The Telegraph: “All urban local bodies have been asked to procure details about the approved maps from the certified architects and forward them to us to keep a tab on rampant unregulated construction activities. The architects found approving maps in violation of the norms would be prosecuted according the provisions of the Bihar Municipal Act, 2007.”

The Section 314 of the Bihar Municipal Act, 2007 states that any architect found to have approved a building plan flouting the building by-law would be liable to prosecution. They would be liable to pay a fine of Rs 50,000 or/and imprisonment up to one year.

Besides procuring the details from the certified architects, the civic body would undertake a survey of buildings in its jurisdiction to identify the structures constructed violating the norms.

Radha Mohan Singh, the additional municipal commissioner, said: “We have instructed our engineers and executive officers to conduct surveys of buildings in their jurisdiction and furnish reports, which would be forwarded to the urban development department.”


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