The civic body has been selective in its crackdown on illegal construction rampant across the city, a Trinamul councillor asserted moments after the mayor turned down his plea to allow a structure on a Garden Reach plot.
Shamsuzzaman Ansari, mayoral council member in charge of information and public relations, approached mayor Sovan Chatterjee on Monday with Ahmed Ali Halder, an owner of the plot in Garden Reach’s Jugipara Lane that has been at the centre of a row between the two Trinamul leaders.
Ansari vowed not to attend office from Tuesday as he “felt insulted” by the mayor’s behaviour.
“The mayor did not listen to my request. He turned it down. I felt very insulted. I will not come to office from tomorrow,” said Ansari.
“There are so many other buildings in the area that have come up on plots of similar nature, parts of which are shown as ‘doba’ (small water body) in land records. Was the mayor sleeping so long?” asked a furious Ansari, before storming out of the civic headquarters.
The Calcutta Municipal Corporation had sanctioned the plan for a building on the 4-cottah plot belonging to Halder and others on July 27.
But the local block Trinamul president, Khaliq Mollah, later protested against the sanctioning of the plan on the grounds that 1.5 cottahs of the plot had been a pond and the civic authorities could not allow any structure on it.
Khaliq lodged a complaint with the mayor and also alerted the local borough XV office about 15 days ago.
Following this, the civic body issued an order on August 29, directing the owners not to carry out any further construction as a part of the plot had been marked as “doba” in the settlement records.
On Monday, Ansari went to the CMC headquarters with Halder to meet the mayor and request him to repeal the order to stop work.
But the mayor told him he had sent the file related to the plot to the project management unit, a department of the civic body that oversees water bodies.
“We have sent the file to the project management unit for verification. If they say there was no water body on the plot, we will withdraw the stop-work order. It is a fact that the corporation had sanctioned the construction proposal. But under Section 397 of the CMC Act 1980, the civic authorities can cancel a sanctioned plan after scrutiny,” mayor Chatterjee said.
Two persons were arrested at New Town on Sunday night for allegedly possessing 21kg of cannabis. Police said Bhola Mondal and Prosenjit Mondal, both in their early 30s, were part of a four-member gang associated with dacoity and sale of narcotics in the Baguiati area.
The duo was produced in Barasat court on Monday and remanded in police custody for seven days.