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Posted at: May 17, 2018, 12:07 AM; last updated: May 17, 2018, 12:07 AM (IST)

MCB set to crack whip on illegal building owners

Sukhmeet Bhasin

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, May 16

Officials of the Municipal Corporation Bathinda building branch are all set to tighten noose around illegal building owners in the city.

Newly joined STP (Senior Town Planner) after joining she asked detailed notices issued in the last four months to the illegal buildings in the city, after checking the record, she would intensify the check against illegal buildings in the city.

While talking to Bathinda Tribune, STP Kamaljit Kaur said “She had asked for notices record and after going through it, they would intensify the drive against illegal buildings in the city”.

The illegal construction of the buildings is going on rampant in the city; it seems that the Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB) has turned a blind eye towards this growing menace.

Influential persons who have good political and administrative contacts are allegedly constructing buildings without even taking the approval from the MCB.

It is also seen that MCB officials fail to keep track of both unauthorised constructions and visible deviations from the approved plans. Once the building is constructed, officials slap a penalty and grant approval to the structure.

According to rules, inspectors of the MC visit the sites of illegal construction. Thereafter, a three-day notice for the same is sent to the owners. If the owners fail to submit an application for revising the plan, the MC can order to seal the building.

Residents allege that illegal structures are coming up in commercial areas in the city under the nose of the administration, which continues to ignore the issue.

City resident NK Gosian, said the government should intervene and take action against illegal constructions going on unabated in the city as the MCB was not taking any action against the defaulters.

Another resident Gian Chand Bansal, said the building mafia was minting money through illegal constructions. The MCB cracked whip on the poor, who make small houses, but the big fish were being let off.

Mayor Balwant Rai Nath said, “He will get the survey of illegal building done and if any illegal building is found, then strict action as per the norm would be initiated against the building owner in the city.”

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