Dec 07, 2012
Source : The Times of India
BHUBANESWAR: The state government has pulled up the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) for failing to curb violation of building regulations in the city.
Initially, the housing and urban development department (H&UD) has asked the two agencies to make a survey in Sailashree Vihar and Niladri Vihar areas following allegations that some roadside residential buildings are being illegally used for commercial purpose. "There is allegation of misuse of land in Phase-I of Niladri Vihar and some parts of Salashree Vihar," said a senior H&UD officer. "Some of the houses have encroached upon public road," he added.
In may be mentioned here that though the BDA had recently conducted a survey in residential areas in Jayadev Vihar and found commercial activities thriving there, no action was taken. The survey revealed that most of the houses flouted Odisha Development Authority Act and constructed structures beyond the permissible limit specified in the original building plan. Many people have converted their houses into office premises and shopping centres.
"The BDA should crack the whip on violators for deviating from the original architectural plan. BMC officials need to cancel their trade or business licences," said Piyush Rout, an urban management practitioner. Change in land use pattern is taking a toll on infrastructure like sewerage, drainage, power supply and solid waste management in the area, he said.
BDA officers said they are sending notices to offenders, but could not explain whether any stringent action was ever taken against anyone. "If violators do not comply with guidelines, we will take legal action against them. Their houses can be demolished," said a BDA officer. "There is also provision in Odisha Development Authority Act, 1982, that we can cancel their allotment of residential plot if they are found using the land for commercial purpose," he added.