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Weekly lens on Tata plots

Photographic inspection of Tata Steel’s sub-lease plots, where construction work has been stalled following a Jharkhand High Court order, will now be done on a weekly basis.

East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Himani Pande on Tuesday asked Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) special officer R.N. Dwivedi to carry out surprise checks on all the 59 sub-lease plots.

The directive comes after a leading retail chain was caught carrying out work secretly on one such plot on J Road in Bistupur on Monday evening.

The incident prompted an FIR against the proprietors the same evening.

East Singhbhum additional deputy commissioner Ganesh Kumar confirmed that henceforth the JNAC special officer and the subdivisional officer of Dhalbhum would carry out inspections and submit reports on a weekly basis.

“We have asked them to gather evidence by means of still photographs and video and submit reports to prove that status quo is maintained at the construction sites,” he said.

The district administration had asked Tata Steel to stop all construction work with immediate effect on September 21, 2012, following a directive from principal secretary (revenue and land reforms) N.N. Pandey after anomalies were found in the lease procedure of more than 482 acres given to private parties.

The probe panel, which discovered these irregularities, was headed by development commissioner Debashish Gupta.

The directive affected plans for several malls, housing complexes, multiplexes, multi-tier parking lots, hotels and retail chains in Jamshedpur.

On October 5, eight entities had filed 16 petitions in Jharkhand High Court, challenging the notification to stop construction work on the sub-leased plots.

The high court, on October 11, had refused to grant a stay on the government order.

However, until now, there had been no regular inspection of these plots by the district administration since the September 21 order.