Municipal Council seals illegal building at Aberdeen Bazar

Violation of bye-laws, demolition order issued
Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
15 May 2018

In a major crackdown on violation of building bye-laws, the Port Blair Municipal Council has sealed an under construction building at Aberdeen Bazar recently. Having issued final demolition order to recorded tenants namely Yashvi Parekh and Praveen Parekh of land bearing survey no. 137, 140/1 and 140/2, Aberdeen Village, Ward no. 4 for gross violation of Municipal Building Bye-laws 1999, the Secretary of the civic body reportedly issued a stern warning to all others carrying on unauthorized construction activities posing threat to public safety.
As per reports, the land tenants were constructing a four-storeyed building near Clock Tower at Aberdeen Bazar. The building plan sanctioned by the Municipal Council was for a three storeyed commercial structure with a plot coverage of 129.73 sq.mtrs whereas the building was found to be constructed with a plot coverage of 181.95 sq.mtrs exceeding the sanctioned plan by 52.22 sq.mtrs. Further the front side set back physically available at site was found to be 1.25 mtr between building line and plot line while 4.50 mtr set back is prescribed as per the provisions of the Master Plan. The violations as per the Building Plan are non-compoundable, said an official of the Municipal Council requesting anonymity.
Noticing the violation, a show cause notice was served to the tenants in 2017 followed by a demolition notice in April last year. The written submission filed by the parties was not found to be genuine and justified and the Council upheld its decision for the construction activity to be in violation of laid down rules. Accordingly, in exercise of the powers conferred under section 168(d) of A&N Islands (Municipal) Regulation. 1994 read with clause 32.8 of Building Bye laws, the Secretary, Municipal Council directed the tenants to demolish the unauthorised construction within 30 days. In April this year, the Municipal Council issued finally sealed the building for violation of laws and orders, issued in the past.