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CONSULTATION: Mayor Ganesh Hosabettu discussing a point with corporation commissioner Sameer Shukla during a special meeting of the council in Mangalore on Tuesday. Deputy Mayor Shakeela Kawa is at left.
CONSULTATION: Mayor Ganesh Hosabettu discussing a point with corporation commissioner Sameer Shukla during a special meeting of the council in Mangalore on Tuesday. Deputy Mayor Shakeela Kawa is at left.

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Draft by-law-2007 has been sent to Government for approval

The new provision is restricted to individual houses and shops

Fine for violations of approved plan has been specified in draft resolution

MANGALORE: Mangalore City Corporation council in its special meeting on Tuesday decided to issue “building completion certificates” to owners of houses and small shops built with “minor deviations” from the approved plan, against payment of a fine. However, this will not apply to flats.

The council passed another resolution to start imposing the fines on building plan violations as per the draft by-law 2007, which was still awaiting Government approval. However, the commissioner said that the resolution would be sent for approval. The fines specified in the draft bylaw could be followed only after the Government approval, he said. City Corporation could start issuing the completion certificates to houses and shops after the approval of the resolution by the Government and they could be regularised later, he said.

Sameer Shukla, commissioner of the corporation, wanted to know from the councillors any specific Government Act, rules or regulations that empowered the corporation to regularise those buildings which violated the approved plan by five per cent. “If there are such provisions, I will start issuing licences immediately,” he said.

Draft master plan

Madhukar K. Gadkar, commissioner, Mangalore Urban Development Authority (MUDA), said that MUDA had finalised the draft master plan for the local planning area, including the 60 wards of the corporation. It would be sent to the Government for approval, shortly. The plan had been prepared for approximately 310 sq km area, covering 61 villages coming under the 60 wards of the corporation. The plan covered the areas such as Ullal and Mulky, he said.

‘Zonal certificates’

He said that MUDA could issue zonal certificates, which declare a property as commercial, residential or agricultural, through a single window system. At present, there was no such facility, he said. Mayor Ganesh Hosabettu suggested to him that steps could be taken in this regard so that people were not harassed.

Mr. Shukla said that the District Magistrate had issued a notification not to permit construction of buildings within a 500-m radius of the helipad at Mary Hill.

Walk-out threat

Sameer Shukla, Commissioner, Mangalore City Corporation, on Tuesday threatened to walk out of the special meeting of the corporation council when Harinath, Leader of the Opposition in the council, started making personal remarks against him.

Mr. Harinath alleged that the revenue of the corporation had come down in the past three months. The corporation had not collected even Rs. 1 lakh in the past two months as building licence fee. The commissioner could regularise residential houses built with minor deviation from the approved plan. “I saw the Chief Whip in the council M. Shankar Bhat stating in a local television programme recently that the corporation had now got an officer from the IAS cadre as Commissioner. But he should know that Mangalore was not like Uttar Pradesh or other north India States,” he said.

Mr. Shukla, however, said that he belonged to the Karnataka cadre of IAS and there was no need to refer Uttar Pradesh or other north Indian States.

He told the Mayor that he would walk out if the member continued to make personal remarks. The situation was eased with Mr. Harinath telling Mr. Shukla that he did not mean to hurt the latter. Mr. Harinath said that the building by-laws of Mysore City Corporation allowed regularisation of buildings with 25 per cent deviation of the approved plan. The Government had not yet approved the draft building by-laws of Mangalore City Corporation, he added.

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