Vigilance inquiry into illegal constructions at Beach Road, Kannur Road, Karaparamba, Eranhipalam, Mini Bypass, Chevarmbalam, Swapna Nagari, Kovoor, and Sarovaram.
The Vigilance wing of the Local Self-government Department (LSGD) has submitted an interim report to the State government seeking action against the construction of 13 multi-storey buildings in the City Corporation limits.
As per the report, seven apartment complexes, five commercial buildings, and one flat-cum-commercial building had violated building rules. The action was proposed under Section 406 (Demolition or alteration of building work unlawfully commenced, carried on or completed) of the Kerala Municipality Act.
Work on some of these buildings was over. The buildings were at Beach Road, Kannur Road, Karaparamba, Eranhipalam, Mini Bypass, Chevarmbalam, Swapna Nagari, Kovoor, and Sarovaram.
A team of officials led by Eapen Varghese, Chief Town Planner (CTP), Vigilance, had carried out an inquiry at the sites.
The sites chosen had buildings with five storeys or above and area above 5,000 sq m. The inquiry was done following allegations of building rule violations in the city.
A majority of violations pertained to open spaces and parking slots in the buildings.
The interim report was submitted to the LSGD Secretary. It will be forwarded to the Department of Urban Affairs and then to the Chief Minister. It was for the State government to initiate action on the basis of the report, sources said.
Urban Affairs Minister Manjalamkuzhi Ali ordered the inquiry after Corporation Anti-Corruption Campaign Committee convener K.P. Vijayakumar submitted a petition seeking a probe into the irregularities in the issue of building permits in the Corporation.
The Vigilance wing started an investigation into illegal constructions and alleged irregularities in granting building permits in the city between 2005 and 2012.
The Vigilance CTP’s team had been authorized only to recommend to the Corporation Secretary the halting of constructions or its demolition.
The team had sought 152 files in possession of the civic body for examination. Officials had handed over 86 files. A final report could be submitted only after examining the remaining files as well, sources said.