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Almost 95 per cent buildings of East Singhbhum violate norms, said members of a committee constituted on November 6 by minister-in-charge of the district Rajendra Prasad Singh.

The panel which held its first meeting on Thursday at the district collectorate, stressed on a zero-tolerance policy towards apartments that are constructed in violation of the National Building Code (NBC) and Jharkhand Apartment (Flat) Ownership Act, 2011.

“Special officers of Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee and their counterparts in Mango and Jugsalai municipality as well as representatives of Jusco and Tata Steel have been directed to ensure that all under-construction buildings adhere to both the NBC and state apartment Act norms,” said ADC Ganesh Kumar.

Representatives of Jusco and JSEB were asked to give power connections to only those builders who could furnish occupancy certificates issued by the special officers of the local urban bodies.

“The occupancy certificate will henceforth be issued only to those buildings that are constructed following the norms of NBC and state apartment Act,” said Kumar.

He added the committee would also take a decision on the fate of the already-occupied buildings at its next meeting on December 23.

The decision will be placed before minister Singh, who is also the chairman of the board, at the next district planning committee meeting early next year.

While this is a red-alert for real estate firms, officials of local urban bodies will also have to pull up their socks.

“I asked deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal to ensure accountability on the part of the special officers and engineers of local urban bodies for such violations. Action will be initiated against such erring officials,” said Congress leader and Jamshedpur West MLA Banna Gupta, a member of the committee.

“The DC has been asked to display provisions of the NBC and Jharkhand Apartment Act on the district website so that occupants become aware of rules,” Gupta added.

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