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Vigilance test in civic court

The Builders’ Association of India (BAI) has submitted a list of six buildings to civic body commissioner Kuldip Narayan for speedy disposal of vigilance cases against these structures.

In response, the vigilance cell of the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has been asked to complete the survey of the buildings and furnish the respective report within a week. Narayan, in a meeting with a delegation of the Patna chapter of BAI on January 16, had asked the builders to furnish the list of buildings, on which they requested fast disposal of vigilance case.

Builders are now hopeful as this is also expected to resolve their grievance that the PMC is indifferent to their plight.

“We have put forth the case of only six buildings on a pilot basis as we want to see how the cases are disposed of,” said Sachin Chandra, state co-ordinator, BAI.

The list submitted along with a letter by A.D. Singh, chairperson, BAI, also consists the related documents of all six buildings.

The chaos in the real estate sector started after the recent crackdown on unauthorised building construction activities in the city by PMC following an order by the Patna High Court.

A division bench of the high court comprising Justice Navin Sinha and Justice Vikash Jain during the hearing in writ petition CWJC- 8152/2013 on May 10 last year, ordered that till further orders, no apartment complex or multi-storeyed building could be constructed beyond 11m and up to 15m in height unless the entire stretch and length of the road in front of abutting the building is uniformly and throughout 20ft in width.

In cognisance of the court order, PMC commissioner Narayan, in a meeting on May 22, 2013, ordered a survey of all buildings in the city, including completed as well as under-construction ones, for which the building plans and maps have been approved by the registered architects over the past couple of years.

No new building plans are also being approved by the civic body since then.

Vigilance cases have been initiated against around 250 buildings across the city in the court of the municipal commissioner.

The hearings in around 150 such vigilance cases have also been conducted in the court of the commissioner. In many cases, no one turned up as defendant.

Sources in the civic body claimed that hearings in over 50 vigilance cases have been completed and the final orders are expected soon.

The builders’ body, however, has demanded a certain level of relaxation in action against deviation from construction norms.

“There are many areas where the height of the road has increased owing to elevated drainage or road level. These are the practical difficulties, which we face. Hence, minor deviations owing to such factors should be overlooked,” said Sachin.


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