Some of the buildings in the glare are in Sakchi. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC), the civic body which ensures adherence to building norms in the steel city, has failed to act against erring builders.
The civic body had in light of an ordinance issued in 2011 called upon those who have constructed buildings in deviation of actual plans to get the illegal part of the building regularised by paying a penalty.
After the ordinance was notified, the JNAC had asked the defaulting builders to submit applications for regularisation. Besides, the civic body also started conducting a survey on its own to identify buildings constructed in deviation of norms.
During the survey, JNAC found 340 apartment complexes, markets and hotels had come up in deviation of approved plans. But by July 31, only 40 of the building owners had applied for regularisation, the rest choosing not to act.
On August 8, JNAC gave another opportunity to erring builders to submit a fresh plan by November 8, and get them approved in the light of the Jharkhand Regularisation of Unauthorised/Deviated Constructions through Compounding in Urban Areas Ordinance 2011.
When the November 8 deadline passed, the JNAC special officer said he would start taking action within 15 days against those who did not submit their application for regularisation. However, more than a month on, no action has been initiated.
Notably, most of the market complexes and residential apartments in localities like Sakchi and Bistupur lack parking space as the builders have used the basement for commercial purpose. As a result, the vehicles remain parked on the road, causing traffic congestion.
Meanwhile, the civic body authorities maintained that they were eager to take action, but they have not been able to go ahead with the drive due to staff crunch.
“We are aware that considerable time has lapsed after the deadline for submitting application by the erring builder/building owners got over, but as there is a manpower crisis and we have not been able to act,” said R.N. Dwivedi, the special officer of JNAC.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Dwivedi said there were only three engineers with JNAC and they have to do different kinds of work including maintenance of civic amenities, drinking water facility, passing building plans and other administrative tasks.
“Though taking action against the erring builders and building owners is an important job, but there are other priority,” he said.