The Telegraph
Thursday , November 12 , 2015

GMC steps up drive on norm flout

Guwahati, Nov. 11: The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has intensified its drive against illegally constructed commercial buildings in the city. Altogether 523 buildings, mostly commercial, have been found flouting various building norms.

Earlier this month, GMC officials had inspected two shopping malls and two hotels in Paltan Bazar and asked the owners to submit documents to verify if they had deviated from the original construction plan submitted to the corporation.

"There are many commercial buildings that are flouting building norms and we have a list of them. A team of our officials already inspected two shopping malls and two hotels in Paltan Bazar and asked the owner to submit documents. Because of the Diwali festivities, the inspection of these documents could not be completed. We will do it soon and take necessary steps to ensure they adhere to the building bylaws," GMC commissioner Narayan Konwar said.

"Nine teams of officials will be inspecting different buildings from this week since many building owners have been found to be flouting building bylaws in spite of repeated warnings. This time the violators will be dealt with strictly," he said.

Last year, the GMC had conducted a similar drive against illegally constructed buildings and a few commercial buildings in different locations had been sealed for a certain time till the illegally constructed portion was pulled down.

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