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Errant building trio sealed

Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) on Thursday sealed three newly built multi-storey structures in Sakchi and Sitaramdera that deviated from their approved building plan during construction.

The sealed buildings include two five-storey structures at Sakchi New Plan area in front of Bengal Club and another six-storey one at Bhuiyandih in Sitaramdera police station area. All are commercial-cum-residential complexes.

With the trio, the number of buildings sealed in JNAC command area after Deepak Sahay joined as special officer last December comes to 12. Earlier nine buildings were sealed in Kadma, Sonari and Sakchi.

According to sources in the civic body, the two buildings in Sakchi had been permitted to set up G+3 floors, but promoters built two more. Similarly, the one at Bhuiyandih also got permission for G+3, but the promoter went ahead to build extra three floors.

“We have sealed the building’s portion that deviated from plan. Now, we will send notices to the promoters concerned to give us an explanation for the deviation. Further action will depend on their reply,” special officer Sahay, who has the power to demolish buildings that violate norms, said.

Sahay said promoters would get enough opportunity to defend their standpoint but if their reply “is not satisfactory”, the civic body would be “compelled to demolish” the portion built in deviation of the approved plan.

“We have decided to be strict about enforcing building plans. Several buildings earlier sealed for not following the approved plan will also face penalty. But, so far, we don’t have special equipment to raze the additional floor of a building. We have requisitioned for it,” he said.

For promoters, adding extra floors in residential or commercial buildings on prime realty is a small investment with returns to the tune of crores.

Often, if the JNAC slaps notices and asks for explanations within a stipulated deadline of a fortnight, builders and promoters play for time, citing illness or simply leaving town for a while.

A promoter, whose building at SNP Area in Sakchi was seized, even complained that the JNAC “suddenly appeared before the building and sealed it”. “Had the civic body objected while the building was being constructed, it would have been okay,” he claimed.