PMC officials taken to task by State govt, over building permissions

From ET Realty

PUNE: The state government has slammed the standing committee of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) over it’s decision on irregularities in building permissions.

In 2013, the standing committee had marked down the punishment given to the PMC engineers. These engineers were accused of wrongdoing, while giving permission to a housing project in Karvenagar. The government has termed the standing committee’s decision as “against larger public interest” and has decided to cancel it.

In 2011, the residents of the society had approached the PMC commissioner with a complaint. They had claimed that the builder had initially submitted a plan for seven buildings, however, an eighth building was built on an open space reserved for parking. While obtaining permission for this eighth building, he showed that one of the earlier buildings has been demolished and that space has been allotted for parking. The PMC, without verifying the documents, issued permission for the eighth building, even though the seventh building with 48 tenements still stood in that place. As a result, there is no parking space and playground left, which were promised to the buyers.

The administration had blacklisted the architect in the case and punished the PMC junior officers and engineers. Standing committee following an inquiry had given relief to the officials. The state government in a GR issued on Thursday canceled the decision and has given the civic body 30 days to respond.

According to GR, the pay hikes of the officials were stopped. The standing committee through a resolution in January 15, 2013 revoked the punishment.

The GR states, “The decision taken by the standing committee is out of their purview and so the decision is against larger public interest.”

Om Prakash Bakoria, additional commissioner of PMC said, “We will go through the GR. The administration will take action according to the directive.”

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