SMC Asked To Scrutinize Building Permissions

SRINAGAR — Mayor Srinagar Junaid Azeem Mattu has directed Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation to seek written statements from all ward officers and co-signed by concerned building inspectors affirming that there are no current building violations in their jurisdiction that haven’t been taken up for relevant corrective action as per legal norms.

Commissioner SMC has also been directed to seek such statements bi- weekly and in the interim period if any contradiction is found on the ground, the ward officers and building inspectors will be liable for stringent, effective and severe administrative action.

 “All the permissions allotted by SMC in the last two years as well as all permissions (residential and renovation classification that fall on road lines and road fronts are to be analysed and compared with on ground deviation from norms,” said Junaid Mattu.

He further emphasized that in case where there is obvious connivance between the planning wing, the enforcement wing and field staff, a list is to be prepared to be submitted to Housing and Urban Development Department, enforcement and accountability agencies for appropriate action.

An order vide order no SMC /PS/HM 612_18 dated 17.6.19 has also been issued by Mayor to the Commissioner SMC which reads as, “You are advised to immediately initiate the sealing of all under construction buildings that are deviating from permission norms granted by Competent Authority, Enforcement action to follow suit. Errant field staff, found guilty of brazen connivance and violation of duty to be recommended for termination of services to the Housing Department promptly.” ( KNS )



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