SMC continues drive against unauthorised constructions

Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has demolished over 200 structures across the city in the ongoing drive against unauthorised constructions during the past two months.

An official said the SMC’s enforcement wing has intensified the drive to identify illegal and unauthorized constructions and initiate demolition process.

Last Wednesday, the official said, three unauthorized structures were demolished while as work on four under-construction structures was stopped owing to the violation of the building permission norms.

The official said while the civic body was busy in anti-COVID19 operations, some people tried to take advantage of the situation and started illegal constructions.

The unauthorized structures were demolished in Hamdania Colony, Bemina; Hyderpora; Sanat Nagar;  Raawalpora; Soura; Lal Bazaar; Zakura;  Khanyaar; Batamaloo; Chanapora; Padshahi Bagh; Mehjoor Nagar; Baghat and other areas. The structures include both residential as well as commercial.

In some cases, the official said, the work on under-constructions structures was stopped due to the violation of building permissions.

SMC Commissioner, Gazanfar Ali said the Corporation was conducting the special drive against illegal constructions and at the same time encouraging people to apply for construction permissions.

“We assure people that building permissions will be granted within 10 days once they apply with all formalities completed,” he said.

SMC Secretary Akbar Sofi said no illegal structures would be allowed to come up. “Strict action under law will be taken. People should inform us about such illegal constructions. All such constructions will be demolished as per the guidelines and violators will be booked under law,” he said.

Sofi, who overlooks the drive against unauthorized structures, said all ward officers have been warned of strict action in case they fail to stop unauthorized constructions in their respective areas. He said over 200 unauthorized structures have been demolished during the past two months.