Violating several norms, the super structure of the gigantic annexe building of the state legislature is almost ready four years after its construction started.
Following a report published by The Telegraph in its February 3 edition regarding the construction of the annexe building without having prior environmental clearance, the building construction department, executing agency of the project, has swung into action. The department has accepted that it did not have the environment clearance for the building and it would apply for the same in a couple of days.
“I enquired about environmental clearance of the annexe building from engineers concerned following the query made by The Telegraph. I have been informed that the application for environment clearance got delayed because we got a no objection certificate (NoC) from Airports Authority of India in January. We would apply for clearance within a couple of days,” said Chanchal Kumar, secretary, building construction department.
The project includes the state legislature building and four secretariat blocks. The legislature building would have a convention centre with a seating capacity for 550 persons. Three conference halls would accommodate 400, 200 and 100 persons, respectively. In addition, there will be a library, 20 common rooms, rooms for committees, ministers and party leaders.
There have been anomalies on the civil aviation front as well. According to rules of the ministry of civil aviation, an NoC from AAI is a must for a high-rise building within a radius of 20km from Patna airport before getting permission from local authorities. However, the NoC for height restriction on the annexe building, a copy of which is with The Telegraph, has been issued by AAI on January 20.
Municipal norms, too, seem to have been flouted in the construction. The planning report for the building was also issued by Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) in November last year.
However, the building construction department seems to be completing all necessary groundwork. The department, on February 5, sent a letter to the urban development and housing department with a copy to PMC for authorising a senior architect with the department as the authority for sanctioning the building map.
According to prevailing norms, after getting approval on the planning report, the map of the building has to be approved by a registered architect. However, the urban development and housing department, through a recent amendment in Bihar Municipal Act, 2007, has proposed to abolish the role of architects in approving the map and designate the same power to the authority concerned.