An unauthorised construction on Khwaja Road in Golmuri on Friday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
At a time the Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) is cracking down on illegal buildings in the city, a builder has clandestinely resumed construction of a residential structure that was sealed midway two years ago for not having an approved plan.
A visit to the under-construction two-storeyed building on Khwaja Road in Golmuri on Friday revealed that labourers were back at work, raising pillars and walls even as a JNAC tape used to seal the area hung on a portion of the premises.
A supervisor present at the site said fresh construction started about a fortnight ago. Asked whether he knew that the building was sealed by former JNAC special officer R.N. Dwivedi two years ago, he was clueless. “I don’t know about all these issues. I am here to work,” he said while the labourers stopped working on seeing The Telegraph team.
Local residents, who had earlier objected to construction of the house as it is located on an encroached plot and does not have an approved building plan, confirmed that work restarted 15 days ago. They also claimed that they had complained to present special officer of JNAC Deepak Sahay, but received no response.
“We approached Deepak Sahay through various channels soon after construction resumed on Khwaja Road. Yet, the work has not stopped,” said Harpal Singh.
When contacted, Sahay, whose team sealed three multi-storied apartments being built at Bhatia bustee and Ramnagar in Kadma on Thursday, stressed that no one could construct buildings without JNAC’s approval.
“I have not been able to take action as of now, as I am busy with the sealing drive and floating tenders for development projects. If anyone has started constructing any building without our permission, he will definitely face the whip. The builder will not be spared,” he said.
The builder could not be contacted for comments despite several attempts.
On Friday, the JNAC team sealed two more under-construction buildings in Sonari and Bhuiyandih.
But many builders complained that fringe areas like Bhatia Bustee in Kadma, Sonari and Bhuiyandih in Sitaramdera were being targeted by the civic body, while building code violations continue unabated in posh localities like Circuit House, Contractors Area, Bistupur Main Road, Rajendra Nagar, Ambagan and Kagalnagar.
Sahay, however, brushed aside allegations of bias, saying that identification of buildings that have come up or are being built in deviation of norms was a continuous process. “We will also start cracking down on apartments and market complexes in posh localities soon,” he added.