GHMC officials with the assistance of the local police demolished an illegally constructed sixth floor of a commercial complex on Road No.1, belonging to Ranbir Singh Bagga.

The GHMC central zone officials took up the task after a legal battle. The building owner had originally applied and obtained permission for construction of cellar, ground plus four upper floors but he had deviated from the sanctioned plan during the course of construction to build a sub-cellar, cellar, ground, service floor plus five upper floors, a press release said. The owner had also obtained an injunction order from a local court on receiving statutory notices from the civic body in 2008. The owner meanwhile had applied for regularisation of the structure after the Building Penalisation Scheme had come into existence. But, the GHMC head office on inspecting the site has refused to regularise the building pointing out that a swimming pool under construction on the fifth floor and the sixth floor too was not shown in the plans submitted. The municipal officials also stated that the top two floors were constructed clandestinely after the cut off date, hence “regularising the building does not arise”.

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