THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The city corporation might find itself in a spot of bother as the tussle over effluent treatment brews between the builder and residents at Samrudhi Lake View phase 1 and 2, Akkulam. The pollution control board (PCB) is learnt to have sought remarks from the city corporation regarding allocation of completion certificate for phase 2 at Samrudhi Lake View.
In a hearing conducted by PCB in 2016, following a complaint filed by residents association of phase 1 against the builder Artech, PCB chairman had stated that occupancy certificate shall not be issued to phase 2 without the consent of the board. Representatives of Artech said that phase 2 was given occupancy certificate by the corporation.
PCB has asked for remarks from corporation in this regard. “While it was directed that no occupancy certificate shall be issued without the board’s consent, we have understood that the apartment complex has already received completion certificate. Hence remarks have been sought from corporation,” a PCB official said.
The local self-government department has already forwarded the complaint to corporation which is now being assessed by corporation secretary. With LSG intervening in the matter, the civic body will have to answer a few difficult questions as to how completion certificate was issued to an apartment complex without ever checking on the functionality of STP (sewage treatment plant) in a place close to a water body.
R Satheesh Kumar, chairman, town and country planning committee said that the files pertaining to the building will be sought.
“If any discrepancy has occurred, we will certainly hold the official responsible. Normally completion certificate is issued only after ensuring that the builder has met basic requirements,” he said.
According to officials with the engineering wing, it is not always possible to ensure operational capacity of STP at the time of awarding completion certificate. “Many of the apartments would be unoccupied and STP won’t be completely functional. We can only affirm whether a system has been put in place or not,” said an official with the engineering wing.
PCB officials however point out that inspecting officials are bound to check if the promised capacity of an effluent treatment plant could cater to the needs of apartment complexes and corporation might have erred on this aspect. PCB has also issued a reminder to the builder regarding non-compliance with the directives of PCB chairman as decided in 2016 during the hearing.
Credits ET Realty