NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) seems to be encouraging violators of building norms instead of initiating stringent action against them. In a case related to a residential apartment at Khare Town, Dharamepth, the area of unauthorized construction has increased over seven times after a notice was served by the civic body directing the violator to raze illegal structures. Such shocking apathy is continuing despite regular complaints from residents for the last two years.
The residential building in news is Somnath Apartment situated in mayor Anil Sole's ward. One of the residents of the building Anant Dakshindas has repeatedly lodged complaints with Sole, municipal commissioner Shyam Wardhane and assistant commissioners of Dharampeth zone. Dakshindas had lodged 14 complaints against unauthorized constructions since January 30, 2012 but no action was taken by the NMC Dharampeth zone.
Kedar was supposed to demolish unauthorized construction within 30 days from receiving notice. The zonal office was supposed to raze unauthorized construction if Kedar did not do it within the given time. In the notice, the area of unauthorized construction was mentioned as 17.48 sq mt (188.08 sq ft). In blatant violation, unauthorized construction was made in the building's side marginal spaces required for parking vehicles and movement of occupants.
After 14 complaints, O P Lakade, an engineer from the zone office, inspected the apartment and measured the unauthorized construction at 129.68 sq mt (1,395.35 sq ft), almost over seven times more than the earlier construction. But nothing happened till date even after the latest inspection. Lakade had inspected the building on October 31 and November 14, 2013.
Explaining his two-year long run from pillar to post, Dakshindas told TOI that the civic body's lack of action was causing severe inconvenience to my family and others residing in the building. "In fact, it is NMC's responsibility to check building violations. Action was not taken despite informing officials about the violation. We are unable to move freely in our apartment. No space is left for parking vehicles as marginal spaces have been encroached to a great extent. Lack of action is also encouraging the violator to also create other types of problems. Earlier, the construction was made in only one marginal space and later in another. Now waste water from the kitchen is also released in marginal space by Kedar," he said.
Confirming the violation, Lakade told TOI that the proposal to serve notice under MRTP Act is in process. "I inspected the building twice and measured unauthorized construction at 129.68 sq mt. Proposal for action is being prepared and tabled before assistant commissioner Rajesh Karade. Notice will be served after getting Karade's nod," he said. Lakade said a fresh notice under MRTP Act was necessary as there was a difference in area of unauthorized construction.
The latest case is yet another pointer to prove lack of action from NMC after serving notice under MRTP Act. TOI had highlighted a case related to Tajshri Honda in which Laxmi Nagar zone did not take any action despite issuing a notice under MRTP Act a year ago.