SMC Commissioner takes bigwig head on, orders demolition of ‘illegal’ hostel

SMC Commissioner takes bigwig head on, orders demolition of ‘illegal’ hostel

Politician, his security men come for rescue of violator

Precious Kashmir News
Srinagar, Nov 22: The newly appointed Commissioner of Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Reyaz Ahmed Wani, seems determined to take on the violators.
Despite facing political pressure the SMC Commissioner on Wednesday dispatched a demolition squad of the Corporation to dismantle a portion of a hostel that has been allegedly raised illegally in violation of building permission order.
A local news agency CNS said that a demolition squad from SMC assisted by a police party faced stiff resistance in Sanat Nagar area when an influential family utilized all its resources to send back the squad comprising Chief Enforcement Officer, Ward Officer and other SMC employees.
“We have been waiting here for couple of hours but the owner of the hostel is not letting us in. Even a politician along with his security men arrived here in his vehicle to support the owner of the hostel who has violated Building Permission Order,” said an SMC employee.
“Though Municipal Commissioner SMC is keen to follow rules and wants illegal portion of the hostel to get dismantled, but the owner is very influential and has been stopping us from performing our duties,” the official added.
He said despite SMC order directing the owner of the hostel to halt construction work, the construction is going on.
An order copy duly signed by Joint Commissioner Planning SMC is lying with CNS which reads: “Whereas building permission was issued for construction of ground plus three storeyed hostel building with stilt parking in ground floor vide order number 1690 of 2016 dated 19/2/2016 in favour of one (name withheld, read Mr X) at Sanat Nagar.”
“Whereas this office has received complaints from two persons wherein they alleged that Mr X is constructing commercial complex in their premises and is brazenly violating the building permission, the complaint is duly endorsed by Private Secretary to Divisional Commissioner Kashmir vide number DivCom/Ps/Misc/2017/4786 Dated 31/10/2017.”
“Whereas Ward Officer, Ward Number 32 reported that the construction in question have come up with gross violation of the sanctioned plan and recommended for demoltion and keeping the building permission in abeyance.”
“ATP after site visit reported that the applicant has deviated from approved proposals in terms of setbacks/plinth area.”
“Taking the cognizance of the matter, Competent Authority has ordered that the permission issued vide order number 1690 of 2016 dated 19/2/2016 in favour of Mr X be kept in abeyance till further orders.”
When contacted, SMC Commissioner said that law would take its own course. “Let me check the report and I will let you know,” he said. (CNS)