SMC orders sealing of building at Lal Chowk


Srinagar—Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) on Wednesday issued sealing/demolition order for the building constructed by Farooq Ahmad Zaaz and others situated estate Kothi Bagh behind Ali Jan Shopping Complex, Lal Chowk.

According to the statement, the officials said that the permission was granted for ground plus five-storey building with parking at ground floor whereas the owners have not only violated setbacks permitted from North and West sides but also made huge deviations in plinth area and exceeded the number story as well.

SMC Commissioner, Dr Shafqat Khan in this regard, has issued orders to seal the structure and further the Financial Adviser (Department of Vigilance) was directed to immediately fix the responsibility on the concerned erring officers who had allowed the illegal portion of construction of the said complex.

Furthermore, the work on the said building has immediately been stopped.

Meanwhile, the legal wing of Corporation has been directed to expedite the process of filing objections in the various courts pertaining to unlawful building activities and ensure speedy disposal and vacation of stay orders wherever such orders have been granted by respective courts.

The statement further added that at least 300 kilograms of polythene were seized from shopkeepers by the SMC during an anti-polythene drive in Srinagar’s old city on Tuesday.

The court has already banned use of polythene in the city. 

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