‘Take action against field staff who allowed illegal constructions’

MASTER PLAN VIOLATIONS

MUKEET AKMALI

Srinagar, July 4: Accusing the Srinagar Municipal Corporation of issuing demolition notices to only a “selected group”, the stakeholders have urged the state government to take action against the “corrupt” SMC officials who over the years allegedly facilitated construction of illegal structures in the City.
 The stakeholders alleged that without the help of SMC field staff, constructing buildings or converting residential properties into commercial ones was not possible.
 “ Why is SMC not acting against its field staff including enforcement officers , ward officers whose responsibility is to check that no violation of Master Plan takes place and they get paid for it,” said Chairman,  Kashmir Economic Alliance, Muhammad Yaseen Khan.
 “If SMC has to take action they it should first terminate the officials who were responsible for violating Master plan,” Khan said.
 Spokesperson of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) said: “If SMC does not stop harassing the business community, we will be compelled to come on roads and protest.”
 The Kashmir-based businessmen alleged that SMC, in order to hide its faults, have targeted “selected businessmen who had come up with commercial establishments in Srinagar.”
 “There are thousands of shopping complexes, hotels, guesthouses and shops which have come up against the Master Plan but SMC has issued notices to a dozens of businessmen, who are soft targets,” they alleged.
 The SMC, Commissioner, Dr GN Qasba told Greater Kashmir that the matter was being looked into. “We are identifying the officials who were involved in violating the Master Plan. But most of these employees have retired or have been transferred,” Dr Qasba said adding “Still we will take action against the field staff, who are found allowing any illegal constructions in the City.”

Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 5 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST




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