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Action in offing against officials who allowed illegal structures to loom in summer capital
Political patronage a thing of past now!
10/23/2019 11:00:35 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Oct 23: The Jammu and Kashmir administration is all set to crack whip against the Srinagar Municipal Corporation for allowing the outlaws to turn the summer capital into a concrete jungle and making corporation a corruption hub.
The administration, as per the sources, is seeking details about the inquiries ordered into the construction of illegal structures in Srinagar and status of the Action Taken Report (ATR) in this regard. If reports are to be believed, action will be taken against those erring officials of the corporation who have so far been dodging the inquiry committees ordered from time to time. "Most of the time, the involved would get escaped due to the political patronage. There were strong political connections with the misrule in entirety. However, the government this time is serious enough to keep a check on the past embezzlements," says an official.
A committee was constituted by the government in 2009. Out of these 2500 illegal structures, the report submitted by the committee had mentioned that 1100 have come up without any permission and in gross violation of related law.
The report prepared by the high level committee comprising of additional commissioner Kashmir, vice chairman Srinagar Development Authority (SDA), commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), DC Srinagar, Chief Engineer Roads and Buildings and Special Secretary Housing and Urban Development was submitted to the government in time but the reason why this report was shelved and no follow-up action taken on the recommendations is best known to the authorities.
"This committee was framed under the order number 159-HUD of 2009 dated November 24, 2009. The committee identified 2500 structures which had come up in violation of master plan norms. This report stands submitted before the government, House committee and the High Court," sources said, adding that this report has disclosed many surprising facts."This report says that almost all automobile showrooms in city especially set up on Nowgam bypass road have come up in gross violation of master plan norms. Owner of an automobile showroom in this area had got permission for establishing a poultry farm. Instead of establishing a poultry farm, he raised an automobile showroom and a service station using the same permission," sources said.
Pertinently, the Srinagar Master Plan is applicable to a total of 417 square kilometres and out of this 160 square kilometres are looked after by Srinagar Development Authority (SDA). Rest of the square kilometres comes under the jurisdiction of SMC. Sources said that both the executing and implementing agencies of the Master Plan had issued notices 1100 violators but to no avail. Sources said there was no follow-up action after issuing these notices to the violators due to political interference mainly from the city based politicians presently ruling the state. "Instead of taking a strong action against the violators of Master Plan in view of the high level committee report, the government facilitated more violations since then," reports informed.
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