LDA to iden­tify il­le­gal con­struc­tions

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Lucknow -

LUC­KNOW: Il­le­gal multi-storey build­ings com­ing up all over the city in vi­o­la­tion of map ap­proved by the Luc­know Development Au­thor­ity (LDA) or with­out ap­proval of any map at all are not only de­fac­ing the city but also caus­ing civic prob­lems, in­clud­ing traf­fic jams.

Now, the development au­thor­ity has started iden­ti­fy­ing such il­le­gal un­der-con­struc­tion build­ings which are found ev­ery­where, be it posh ar­eas of Gomti Na­gar, Indira Na­gar, Ali­ganj and Alam­bagh or Old City ar­eas like Chowk .

A visit to Aminabad, Naka Hin­dola, Hazrat­ganj, Hus­sain­ganj, Ali­ganj and Alam­bagh re­veals the har­row­ing pic­ture of ram­pant il­le­gal con­struc­tions go­ing on un­abated in the city. En­croach­ments also abound in these ar­eas.

The modus operandi of builders is to get a res­i­den­tial map ap­proved for a three or four storey apart­ment in a colony. There­after, in con­nivance with LDA of­fi­cials, the builder gets the apart­ment build­ing con­structed up to five storeys.

Ev­ery flat in the apart­ment block is sold to in­di­vid­ual buy­ers, chang­ing its nature from res­i­den­tial to com­mer­cial.

It takes al­most a year for a five-storey apart­ment to come up. Dur­ing this phase, the zonal of­fi­cer of the LDA is fully aware of the il­le­gal con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity but turns a blind eye to it.

“Af­ter get­ting com­plaints about il­le­gal con­struc­tions, the LDA vice chair­man has de­cided to get a list pre­pared of all ar­eas where il­le­gal build­ings are com­ing up,” said a se­nior LDA of­fi­cial.

In the past too , the development au­thor­ity had iden­ti­fied sev­eral il­le­gal un­der-con­struc­tion build­ings. But noth­ing changed .

In the last fi­nan­cial year, the development au­thor­ity had iden­ti­fied 340 il­le­gal con­struc­tions in cis- Gomti area. Out of these , 328 con­struc­tions were iden­ti­fied for de­mo­li­tion and com­pound­ing fee was levied against 11 .

In the same pe­riod, in tran­sGomti area, the development au­thor­ity had iden­ti­fied 383 il­le­gal con­struc­tions.

Out of these, 71 were sealed, 12 de­mol­ished and com­pound­ing fee of Rs 7,02,00,000 was re­al­ized.

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