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RTI Act unearths illegal construction
26 Aug 2007, 0148 hrs IST,TNN
LUDHIANA: Information sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has unearthed serious irregularities on the part of senior officials of Ludhiana municipal corporation in allowing illegal construction in the city.
The information provided under RTI to advocate Rajesh Kumar may now land senior officials in major trouble as LMC has admitted that as per records available with it for 2001-07, no building plan was granted permission for construction of commercial building along the roads between Model Town market till Chaar Khamba and Gulati Chowk till Mintghumari Chowk.
But there are around 60 commercial establishments on these two roads and more are coming up.
Interestingly, earlier in March this year in reply to the same application, LMC had even admitted that the drawing branch of the corporation did not have any records pertaining to commercial buildings in this area.
The absence of mandatory records and non-fulfilment of legal formalities have turned these commercial establishments illegal, but LMC has not taken any action to stop such activity.
"If they have declared any area on these two roads road as commercial, then LMC must have complete records of commercial establishments. But since they have admitted that they don’t have the records of even a single building, therefore it is evident that all these constructions are illegal," Rajesh Kumar told TOI.
The applicant had filed an application to procure information under the RTI ACT in September last year, and it took LMC around nine months to deliver the final information.
Dissatisfied with the initial information provided by LMC, the applicant had knocked the doors of the State Information Commission. When contacted, principle secretary of local bodies department DS Bans said he was not in a position to comment on the irregularities without having full details about the matter.
RTI Act unearths illegal construction-Chandigarh-Cities-The Times of India
Mumbai: Police posts in Mumbai are breaking the law. More than 300 police posts (beat chowkies) in the city have no sanction either from the home department or the municipal corporation.
Around 21 police posts have been built from funds provided by builders and private companies. Thatâ€™s the startling fact Mumbai resident Indur Kartar Chhugani got from the state Home Ministry after filing a Right to Information (RTI) application.
"These chowkies have been constructed without BMC permissions and they do not pay municipal tax. They steal power from nearby shops, buildings or lamp-posts and many of them have been funded by some builder or with someone with a vested interest," says Chhugani.
The Home ministry has neither funded nor given approval to any beat chowkie in Mumbai. No information on approval received for these chowkies from the municipal ward office.
Chhugani has filed a public interest litigation before the Bombay high court that these beat chowkies be demolished. "How will any complaint ever get registered against these builders or goons who sponsor these chowkies?" he says.
300 police posts in Mumbai illegal, unauthorised