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Watchdog panel on building violations

Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) authorities have formed a special committee to stop construction of buildings in deviation of approved plans.

JNAC special officer Deepak Kumar Sahay has set up the team comprising engineers and field officers. The vigil committee will start functioning soon.

Sahay, who joined the civic body in December, told The Telegraph on Friday that engineers and field officers would jointly survey both newly constructed buildings as well as the under construction ones to ensure plans were not violated.

“After doing spot verifications, the panel will submit reports to us. If the buildings are found to have deviated from the original architectural drawing approved by the civic body, those ‘illegal’ portions will be demolished,” Sahay said.

The special officer has also sent a letter to sub-registry office in East Singhbhum to provide a list of residential flats registered so as to assess whether they have been set up on modified or illegal floors.

“After getting the list, our special team will get them physically verified. If it is found that any flat is registered despite being illegal, we will recommend action against flat owners as well as the officials concerned of the registry office,” Sahay added.

Urban space crunch has given rise to a tendency among builders to set up high-rises with added floors that violate original approved plans.

Adding illegal floors to existing G+2 buildings is rampant in prime realty areas such as Bistupur, Sakchi, Sonari, Golmuri and Sitaramdera, which come under the JNAC’s jurisdiction.

JNAC will now nip this foul play in the bud.

The civic body will assess if the builder has followed the approved plan and hand him an occupancy certificate, which makes him eligible to seek water and power connections. Once the builder gets the certificate, the JNAC will continuously monitor the building to prevent extra floors from being added.

“I have written to Tata Steel — which provides water and electricity — to not give connection without the occupancy certificate from now on,” said the special officer.

Sahay explained how city builders followed a set pattern to deceive the administration. “They apply for water and power connections after constructing a buildings according to approved plan. Once they get basic amenities, they start constructing new floors,” he added.

The special team will be on the lookout for such buildings. Sahay promised that JNAC’s demolition men will now “shake the illegal pillars”. “We will be vigilant about occupancy certificates and our men will pull down illegal floors when they find them,” he said.