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Tribunals at water board

Patna Municipal Corporation has decided to start its two building tribunals from the Bihar Rajya Jal Parishad office.

The decision has come after the urban development and housing department slipped on deciding locations and appointing members for the tribunals.

Till last year, when the chairman of the civic body’s only building tribunal retired, the office functioned from the Bihar Rajya Jal Parishad. In October 2013, Patna High Court ordered the department to set up a second tribunal to dispose of vigilance cases against buildings in the city.

Initially, the urban development and housing department proposed to open the tribunal office at the New Capital circle office on Hardinge Road. Rejected by the high court, the civic body decided to use the mayor’s and deputy mayor’s chambers for the two tribunals at its headquarters at Buddha Marg.

Now, however, the Bihar Rajya Jal Parishad office south of the Patna High Court has been fixed as the location.

A senior PMC officer said: “The earlier building tribunal was functioning from the water board office. On opening a new office at Hardinge Road, we had told the department that we neither have sufficient funds nor manpower to develop the infrastructure. It has been decided to reopen the old tribunal at the water board office.”

He added: “While one of the offices for the building tribunal is almost ready for operations, we would set up the other office with the required infrastructure in no time.”

The work on setting up the defunct building tribunals have been expedited following an order of Patna High Court dated October 9, 2013. The court gave 15 days time to the urban development and housing department to form the tribunals. These are supposed to act as the appellate authority for vigilance cases on buildings being disposed of by the court of the municipal commissioner.

Sources in the PMC said formalities regarding appointing employees at the tribunals, including clerks and peons, are being finalised.

The high court was also irked at the urban development and housing department’s move of appointing members associated with inspection of the buildings facing vigilance cases for the two tribunals.

It asked the department to nominate fresh names for the tribunals. In a notification dated January 15, the department has now nominated six members, including three retired government officials, for the two tribunals.


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