SRINAGAR: Any construction for the commercial purposes proposed to be buil;t in the premises of Srinagar Municipal Corporation would be required to get permission at multiple stages of its construction, according to the new order issued to arrest the illegal constructions in the capital city.
The order, a copy of which lies with the Kashmir Reader, says that for strict check on the commercial constructions, permission shall be issued in stage wise manner.
SMC Commissioner Dr Shafaqat Khan told Kashmir Reader that the decision was taken in the back drop of illegal constructions which used to take place despite all legal formalities were completed.
“Earlier we used to give permission in one go but later we realised that it was the main cause of illegal constructions,” he said.
Khan explained that a prospective construction used to submit all the required documents as per the set norms but at the construction site the builder used to follow dimensions as per his own taste and will.
“Based on these observations, we decided to set-up stage-wise permission mechanism. The mechanism envisages that the buildings would be assessed periodically and the permission would be accorded only when SMC is satisfied with foundation stage and after the field staff certifies the plinth has been laid on approved building plan. “This procedure will be followed for all the slabs. And if at any stage, the laws were flouted, no permission will be given for the next level.” he added.
Shafaqat said that a three member team will be looking after the future constructions. He said now divisional town planner, joint commissioner planning, and chief enforcement officer will visit a site to check weather laws have been followed or not.
“And any violations if reported despite the order in place will be found, the three officers shall he held responsible,” he said. “It is like a poison pill. A person will die who will gulp it.”
Shafaqat also said that the stage wise permission will reduce the unnecessary burden on the applicant who is applying for building permission as they will be charged stage wise while in previous case, they had to pay it once.
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India in its recent report pulled up the SMC for giving free hand to illegal constructions in Srinagar city.