Published On : Thu, Oct 11th, 2018

Nagpur Metro Region authorities get strict on illegal buildings

Nagpur: Even as Nagpur is expanding its boundaries to foray into the new age city giving shape to metro region, many violations in building constructions have come to the fore. Now the Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) to this alarming trend and dashed out notices to 1,801 owners who have allegedly constructed buildings without keeping rules in place.

The notice seems to have considerable effect on the recepients as many have approached the agency for compounding, even those who have not got the notice. Taking tough stand NMRDA has already razed nine houses partially or fully till now and the operation will go on. The demolition operation has started from October 1. Action is being taken under Section 53 of Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act, 1966.

The illegal buildings include industrial structures, educational institutions, multi-storied commercial complexes, restaurants and residential buildings.

Sudhakar Kulmethe, additional collector of NMRDA, said that all the applications submitted for compounding would not be entertained. “If the violations can be compounded as per building by-laws then we will do so by levying a fine. However, if the building is totally illegal, it will be razed. If a portion of the house can be compounded while the remaining part can’t then we will raze the latter part,” he added.

While notices were issued to 1,800 house owners, some 6,000 house owners approached the NMRDA on their own for regularization after going through the public appeals pasted in gram panchayat offices and tehsil offices. “They include many plot and layout owners. All the applications are being processed,” said Kulmethe.

The additional collector appealed to the house owners to approach NMRDA for regularization and demolish the illegal part on their own. “This will save a lot of unpleasantness,” he said.

According to him so far there has been no law and order problem during the demolition drives. “We took the cops along. The officials of Nagpur Improvement Trust’s (NIT’s) four zone offices carried out the demolition. NMRDA does not have its independent machinery as of now,” said the official.