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No letup in violative structures in Channi Himmat residential area Act on violators, otherwise Master plan from 2021 to 2032 will make no difference

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[ June 30, 2017 ] Notwithstanding the fact that there were hundreds of violations under Jammu City Master Plan 2021, JMC deliberately made mockery of this by allowing changing’s as per the convenience of violators and even in several cases residential site plans were converted into commercial openly violating all norms in lieu of huge kickbacks. Now Govt has come out with new Jammu City Master plan 2032 came into force vide SRO No. 90 dated 3-3-2017 but the question remains will this make any difference in the hearts and minds of all those who have a responsibility on their shoulders to ensure that every construction in and around Jammu city be in line with Jammu city Master Plan. From the past experience, the answer is no especially when hundreds of buildings have been constructed against the previous master plan 2021. JMC has the power under J&K Control of Building Operation Act (COBO) under Section 7(1), 12(1), 7(3) has turned out to be a boon for corrupt JMC which issues notices under the Act selectively to save their skin whenever protests or voice raised against their wrong doings and unnecessary illegal support to violator is given by them at the cost of Jammu City Master Plan. The truth is also this that after sending COBO notices selectively it helps the violators by showing poor defense thus surrendering in favour of violators which have been proved only eye wash. Infect JMC staff acquaints the violators with the loop holes how to give slip to established rules and also ensures its support initially when any violative building construction starts. In most of the cases it has been observed that JMC initially extended support to violators to raise violative structure and then takes cosmetic actions which later prove mere eyewash resulting in immense suffering to innocent people who are made to suffer for none of their fault and also result in loss to Govt exchequer. JMC’s lethargic approach towards violative constructions is not new as another commercial structure is being raised on residential plot by owner Nitish Mahajan of plot No. 168, Sector 7 Channi Himmat Jammu. The plot has been bought from original alottee Parveen Kumar Gupta S/o Kulbushan Gupta having an area of 40x80 Sqft. The construction started in April this year which is in progress now is heading towards a commercial structure more like of Restaurant type structure on residential plot. The commercial structure is being raised without following parameters which are prerequisite including Front 20’-0’’, Sides 10’-0’’ and Rear 10’-0’ without maintaining cut out by occupying whole of the area under construction. It deserves mentioning here that, the site plan was approved in 2009 vide No. 1256/BS/ 09 Dated 9-9-2009 but the construction started only in April this year without getting the site plan approved afresh as rule book says that if no construction is undertaken for a period of three years, then the approved site plan gets lapsed and it is mandatory to seek fresh permission to undertake the construction from JMC. But in this case, no fresh permission sought resulting in loss to exchequer and also violations of laid down rules and regulations. Moreover as per the site plan approved in 2009 the permission was sought only to construct ground floor covering area as 1440+135 as porch = 1575 Sqft . However the current construction has taken shape of huge commercial structure more likely to take shape of restaurant. The owner has so far deposited Rs 3000 as development chargeS where as he was supposed to pay for two others floors which has been raised by owner against the approved city master plan. In all this, JMC is acting as mute spectator despite bringing into its kind notice about the violation of Jammu City Master Plan and approved site plan. JMC’s no action against violator is the self evident proof that once again action is not being taken as they must have undergone setting with the owner to allow him raised violative structure. Right now construction and plaster work is in progress and so far JMC has not taken any action against the violator. Now the two more floors each measuring 3000 Sqft each have been raised making total as three floors from ground. It is pertinent to note here that Govt’s intervention is must to check such violation which will definitely create immense problems in future as they are likely to create chaos and confusions once the new master plan 2032 is actually implemented on ground. JMC on the other hand need to introspect its working and need to take action against wrongdoers immediately otherwise in no time there will be uneasiness among those people who have bought these residential plots to lead a comfortable life. JMC must ensure that no construction is undertaken against approved site plans and must take action at the initial stage to save time and money of both JMC and the violators. It is painful to note that despite the engagements of considerable staff at the disposal of both JMC and JDA besides Housing Board staff of both the organizations has miserably failed to stop open violations and have become more of liability as they are being paid handsomely from the tax payers hard earned money.