The shabby affairs being run in Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), though age old, crop up again and again in one form or the other. The fresh episode of slipshod style of NIT working pertains to a residential-cum-commercial complex built in Ward No. 1. A reputed builder of the city has allegedly constructed some flats right on the parking place of the complex premises and thus dumped all the rules and regulations in the garbage bins.
The map of the complex was sanctioned by NIT way back in 2005. The builder, in 2009, allocated the flats and shops to their purchasers. However, in the year 2013-14, the reports of encroachment went public through various sources. Subsequently, the jolted residents knocked the doors of NIT Headquarters and deluged it with complaints. The present situation is that an officer said the files regarding the complaints are ready but no action can be initiated as of now. The reason put forth by the officer for no action was that the anti-encroachment squad is not available with NIT. But the officer, it is alleged, clandestinely, alerted the builder about immense pressure the NIT is feeling for removing the encroachment. The alerted builder, reputed he is, managed to dodge the action by hook or crook, said the sources.
Ironically, it is alleged, the builder has not taken any trouble to construct sewer line nor drainage line nor septic tank nor drinking water pipeline nor installed fire fighting tools nor safety wall around the complex. Moreover, no NIT authorities turned up to inspect whether the construction was done according to sanctioned plan. As a result, the builder acted or acting by his whims and fancies and thereby pushing the purchasers on the edge despite recovering hefty amounts from them. When these dreadful shortcomings were brought to the notice of the officer, he simply said that the builder has not applied for occupancy certificate at all. Hence, the NIT has not inspected the construction. It is different matter that how many times the NIT authorities inspect the constructions before handing over occupancy certificates, said the sources.
However, the harassed residents too are not taking the matter lightly and contemplating to approach courts for justice to them and punishment to the builder and the concerned NIT officials, if the wrong is corrected.
Rajeev Ranjan Kushwaha(rajeev.nagpurtoday@