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Chandigarh: Violations at Industrial Area plot: DC says sent notice; manager says hasn’t got yet

A 45 day notice period has been issued to proprietor asking him to remove the violations. The notice period will lapse on July 15.

Written by Vinod Kumar | Chandigarh |
June 14, 2016 7:28:53 am
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NEARLY FIVE months after flagrant violations of building plans were spotted at a plot in the Industrial Area on which multiple automobile agencies are being run, the UT estate office has failed to get the violations removed.

The violations committed on corner industrial plot number 182\ — Harbir Automobiles — measuring 3 kanals in Phase I of Industrial Area were detected during an inspection carried out by a team of estate office on January 19 after a report by Chandigarh Newsline. However, to date, the estate office has failed to get the violations removed and the proprietor continues to operate from there.


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UT Deputy Commissioner-cum-Estate Officer Ajit Balaji Joshi said that they had issued a 45-day notice to the proprietor asking him to remove the violations. The notice period will lapse on July 15. “If the proprietor fails to remove the violations then we will proceed further by initiating demolition proceedings,” said Joshi. “Even if there are glaring violations, we have to serve notice and give an opportunity to violators to remove the violations on their own.”

While the DC is harping on the notice sent by it, the proprietors denied having received any notice regarding building violations on their property. When contacted, Arun Gupta, manager of Harbir Automobiles, said: “So far we have not received any notice, but we are ready to remove any violation if pointed out by estate office.”

What are the violations?

A COMPLAINT was lodged to DC in which it was alleged that there are internal violations in the building and the construction on the plot is more than the permitted floor area ratio (FAR). FAR is the ratio of the total floor area of a building to the area of land it is built on. The proprietor has removed the boundary wall on the north-east side of the plot and raised a show window and entrance to the showroom.

In violation of the building bylaws and building zoning line, illegal entry and exit on the main road has been made, which has emerged as a major traffic hazard for the commuters since the same road is used by commuters as an entry-exit route to the city’s biggest shopping mall. The proprietor has also encroached upon government land up to the berm of the road, which is being used for parking cars.

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