Estate office submits report on building violations to Chandigarh administration
The UT Estate office has submitted the data on building violations in commercial areas of Chandigarh to the UT administration on the directions of a committee constituted by the UT administrator V P Singh Badnore for the redressal of the problems of traders.
Recently, the administrator had constituted two separate committees for the redressal of problems of traders and industrialists.
Sources revealed that the Estate office was given the responsibility of preparing a report on building violations in commercial areas of different sectors of the city.
The report includes violations like the removal of internal walls in shop-cum-offices, using basements for other activities instead of storage and construction of upper floors on bay shops and booths in the commercial areas.
Now, the UT panel formed for traders will discuss the report in its next meeting. There was a long list of demands from the traders.
One such demand is allowing certain activities in shops, which is not permissible according to current rules and regulations. The various departments, including Estate office and municipal corporation, had issued notices to the violators in past.
One of the major demands of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) is to roll back misuse charges, which were slapped on the violators.
The Estate office had increased the penalties for misuse and violations of building bylaws in 2007 from Rs 10 to Rs 500 per sq feet per month for the area being misused by the occupier.
Later, the UT administration started sending notices under the new rules, which triggered panic among property owners, as the amount of penalties ran in crores in many cases.