Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 30
The officials of Municipal Town Planning wing submitted a list of ongoing illegal under-construction buildings and illegal colonies in the city.
As per the list, there were more than 150 illegal buildings under construction. Now, Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu and MC Commissioner Komal Mittal will review the list and prepare the action plan.
In November 2019, the Mayor had instructed officials of the Municipal Town Planning (MTP) wing to submit lists of illegal buildings in their areas during a review meeting. The Assistant Town Planners (ATPs) and building inspectors took more than six months to submit the list in their respective areas. It has been learnt that most of the illegal constructions are going on in the central and north constituencies.
After the outbreak of Covid-19, revenue sources of MC were badly hit and these illegal buildings can be a good source of revenue if the MC acts. The number of illegal construction was also increased during lockdown.
Apart from illegal buildings, ATPs also submitted a list of 13 illegal colonies. However, the number of illegal colonies was more than 100 in the city. The state government had invited application for the regularisation of illegal colonies till March 31. According to information, only 18 colony developers submitted the applications.
It is worth mentioning here that the MTP wing had failed to curb the practise of illegal constructions in the city. Hundreds of commercial buildings have been constructed illegally and now functional in the city. The higher officials of the MC also seem helpless in front of violators as not a single building had been demolished so far.
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