|The Telegraph picture published on February 8 this year shows the half-complete building in Golmuri and (below) its latest avatar. (Animesh Sengupta)
An illegal residential structure in Golmuri, which was sealed midway around two years ago, stands almost ready today, cocking a snook at Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) bosses who have apparently taken a tough stand against all unauthorised constructions in the steel city.
The double-storey building on Khwaja Road was sealed by former JNAC special officer R.N. Dwivedi on the basis of complaints that it was being set up on encroached land and didn’t have an approved plan.
But a month after the new special officer, Deepak Sahay, took charge this January, builder Munna Khan resumed construction clandestinely.
The Telegraph had carried a report, Sealed building sneaks back to life, on February 8, 2014, saying that labourers were back at work at the disputed site, raising pillars and walls even as a JNAC tape used to seal the area hung on a portion of the premises.
Another visit on Tuesday showed the building almost ready with some finishing touches left.
Sahay expressed surprise, saying that he had stopped construction after The Telegraph report was published and had even assigned an official to keep a watch besides filing an FIR against the builder.
“I had deputed a senior JNAC official in February to ensure that the builder did not resume illegal construction. I also lodged an FIR with Golmuri police station on February 17. How the building came to be completed remains a mystery to me,” he said.
“If I find out that construction continued even after February 17, I will get the building sealed and recommend its demolition. I will also speak to East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal for taking steps against the builder,” he added.
Officer-in-charge of Golmuri police station Nehaluddin Khan, however, denied that the JNAC authorities had filed an FIR with them.
“The civic body had approached us in February this year, seeking help to rein in the builder on Khwaja Road. We swung into action immediately and stopped constructions. But it seems the builder resumed work after lying low for sometime. It is the JNAC’s job to keep a watch on illegal buildings and take necessary steps,” Khan said.
But if builders operating in Sitaramdera, Golmuri, Sakchi, Aam Bagan and Sonari are to be believed, the civic body turn a blind eye to most violations. This is borne by the fact that several upcoming buildings in these areas are being constructed in violation of building plans. While the actual plan is G+1, a majority of constructions extend till five storeys and more.
“These days, building high-rises in JNAC areas is hardly a problem. The JNAC has become very builder-friendly and one can easily construct building as per his own plans,” said a realtor, who is building a residential apartment in Sitaramdera.
Sahay rubbished the claims. “We are short on manpower but are still monitoring constructions in our area. I can assure you that all buildings are being set up in accordance with the approved plans,” he stressed.