UTís 2 yardsticks to deal with misuse of resumed buildings

When it comes to dealing with resumed buildings in the city, which continue to flout building byelaws and misuse the premises with impunity, UT officials seem to have different approaches to deal with the menace.

Recently, the UT Estate Office, while taking a strong stand against the growing menace, had issued around 37 notices under Section 10 of the UT Estate Office rules, levying heavy penalties on violators, including jewellers in Sector 22, hoteliers in Sector 35 and owners of SCOs (shops-cum-office) in Sector 17.

The notices were issued to Hotel G K International Sector 35, Hotel Kaptain Retreat, Hotel Park Inn, Hotel Regent, Hotel Monark, Hotel Orange and Hot Millions Family Restaurant in Sector 35; Hotel Pankaj, Pavitra Jewellers, PC Jewellers, Shanti Jewellers, Zevar, Gulati Editions, Talwar Jewellers and Geetanjali Jewellers in Sector 22; Simla Kinnaur Fruit Agency in Sector 26; and Jai Durga Electricals and New Delhi Sweets in Industrial Area Phase II.

The occupants were served notices under the Chandigarh Estate Rules-2007, and given 15 days to stop the misuse of their buildings or face sealing. Significantly, for the first time the estate office has wielded a stick against the traders, who occupy resumed commercial properties and continue to violate building byelaws.

Meanwhile, the finance secretary, who is also the chief administrator for such cases and holds court for appeals against the notices sent by the estate office, seems to have a softer stand on the issue.

A delegation of traders of the Chandigarh Business Council led by the the organisation chief Jagdish Arora, which met UT Finance Secretary V K Singh, said that they had been assured by Singh that no more notices would be issued to those whose building were already resumed and the cases were going on. However, despite repeated attempts, V K Singh could not be contacted.

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