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JNAC gets act right

Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) on Saturday stopped construction of a half-built residential structure coming up on alleged encroached land on Khwaja Road in Golmuri and are now gearing up to demolish the two-storeyed building.

The action comes after The Telegraph highlighted on February 8 how construction of the two-storeyed structure, which had been sealed two years ago for not having an approved plan, had been resumed.

The resumption of work assumed more significance at a time when the JNAC is conducting regular crackdowns on illegal buildings across the steel city

Confirming that construction had been stopped, JNAC special officer Deepak Sahay said on Sunday that he had issued a showcause notice to the field official of the civic body for not reporting the illegal construction earlier.

“A builder known as Munna Khan was carrying out construction on the encroached plot. But, we got the unauthorised construction stopped,” said the special officer Sahay.

The special officer further said stopping the unauthorised construction was not enough and he had started a procedure against the erring builder so that the structure could be demolished.

Notably, construction of the two-storeyed building had been stopped two years ago after JNAC’s former special officer R.N. Dwivedi took action and sealed the half-built structure.

Construction was resumed in the third week of January, a few days after Sahay joined as the new special officer on December 4, 2013.

The matter came to light after local residents raised a hue and cry over the resumption of construction.

One of the aggrieved residents Sammi Hassan confirmed that construction had stopped at the site.

“Work has stopped since Saturday afternoon, but we are sceptical that the builder may try to carry out construction clandestinely during night. Therefore, we are keeping watch on the site at night too,” Hassan told The Telegraph.

Builder Munna Khan, however, could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

Meanwhile, JNAC special officer Sahay claimed that the civic body had also taken a tough stand against those who are constructing buildings in deviation of approved plan.

“When JNAC is taking action against buildings constructed in deviation of the plan, how can anyone construct a building on encroached land and without an approved plan at all,” Sahay pointed out.