Thiruvananthapuram

Town planning adalat a solace for many

Many a file that had not seen the light of the day for quite some time comes up at the adalat

When Ayesha had given up a part of her land in the Kinavoor ward of the city Corporation for the construction of a drain, she did not know that the act would come as a roadblock for getting an occupancy certificate for her house. Because, she had given up land, there was only a small area left in front of the house.

The application for building permit was held up because the setback was less than the stipulated distance, which was a direct consequence of her giving up land for the drain.

Hers was one of the applications which came up at the city Corporation’s town planning adalat, chaired by Minister for Local Self-Government A.C. Moideen.

‘Check to give, not deny’

“She gave up land for a public cause. You should check the file and see how it can be given, not how it can be denied,” the Minister told an official.

Many a file that had not seen the light of the day for quite some time came up at the adalat. Some of these were unjustly held up, while some others had serious violations which made them ineligible for a permit or occupancy certificate.

Manu Vaidyan from Kesavadasapuram had applied for permit for a four-storeyed building, with two floors for commercial purposes and the rest for residential purpose, several years ago.

Deliberate delays

He accuses some engineering officials of deliberately delaying the sanction, citing that it is a residential area. But, both sides of the area are currently occupied by commercial buildings, including a shopping complex.

In 2017, his file had come up at an adalat held by the then Local Self-Government Minister K.T. Jaleel. He had ordered the sanctioning of the permit, but only two floors were sanctioned. For the past two years he has been running from pillar to post to get the rest sanctioned.

At the adalat, the Minister asked the officials to ensure that the permit was given at the earliest since there were no violations.

A prominent builder had brought along two of his senior citizen clients to raise the issue of a flat for which TC numbers had not been allocated. The Minister pulled him up for using the adalat as a ‘backdoor’ to get TC numbers for a flat with violations, through the senior citizens. But he also criticised the Corporation officials, when he heard that the file had gone missing for sometime. He asked the Superintending Engineer to check the files and take action within one week.

Permit violations

A couple, both of them retired from public sector organisations, had to face some criticism from the Minister for the amount of violations in their house, which had not got occupancy certificate. Although they had got permit only for three floors, they had constructed a fourth floor too and exceeded the plan area on all three floors. This and similar cases were redirected to the regularisation committee, which will check whether it can be regularised after levying the hefty fee.

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