PATNA: Notwithstanding Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) and district administration’s drive to curb illegal constructions in the city, some builders have continued construction activities flouting building bye-laws.
Vigilance cases have been initiated against 3,233 buildings, including those under construction, since 2003. However, of the 3,233 cases, only 929 have been disposed of so far. Buildings in Patna fall in two categories – A and B. While PMC handles the ‘A’ category buildings, common people lodge complaints, if any, against ‘B’ category buildings. Of the 3,233 buildings under scanner, 2,430 are ‘A’ category ones.
“Lack of sufficient workforce is a serious impediment. While we initiate vigilance cases against illegal constructions, it is the duty of the police to stop such constructions. We inform the local police stations after initiating vigilance cases,” said a senior PMC officer. Despite PMC warning builders against violating building bye-laws by putting a notice on its website and sending reminders to the erring builders, illegal constructions are rampant in the city.
Former PMC commissioner Jai Singh had claimed that a team of engineers would do spot verification to tighten noose around builders. However, the civic body is yet to take any such step. Singh had also urged the home department eight months back to provide at least 200 policemen to the PMC to stop illegal constructions. The general administration department, on the other hand, was requested to give magisterial power to executive officers of PMC so that they can act against those violating building bye-laws. “The two proposals are yet to be accepted,” said an official of the PMC’s vigilance wing.
Credits ET Realty