SMC to act against unauthorised constructions

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Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has geared up to take action in the cases of unauthorized constructions across the city.

The SMC’s enforcement wing has intensified the exercise to identify illegal and unauthorized constructions and initiate demolition process, said an official.

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

Most of such illegal activities have been witnessed in areas including Mehjoor Nagar, Bemina, Hawal and Panthachowk.

SMC Commissioner, Gazanfar Ali said the Corporation was conducting a special drive against illegal constructions.

“We will not tolerate such illegal activities and 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,” said the SMC Commissioner.

However, he said the SMC has started the process to clear permission for construction works within 10 days.

“We assure people that they would get building permissions within 10 days once they apply under norms,” he said.

SMC Secretary, Akbar 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 wards.

The SMC has also intensified efforts to take action against violation of norms in building commercial structures.

The commercial building owners have been issued notices, asking them to strictly adhere to parking norms within 15 days or face action under law.

They have been directed to paste the boards, signs and hoardings for customers and visitors to facilitate them to know where parking area of commercial structure has been set up.