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Resort submits application to regularise buildings

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The Lake Palace Resort has submitted an application for regularising ‘unauthorised buildings’ in the resort.

In November 2018, the Alappuzha municipality, based on a joint inspection report, issued a provisional order to the Water World Tourism Company, promoters of the resort, of which former Transport Minister Thomas Chandy is a director, to demolish or regularise the unauthorised buildings. The order noted that the company could submit an application for regularising the constructions if they were built as per the provisions of the Kerala Municipal Buildings Rules.

Alappuzha municipal secretary S. Jahangir told The Hindu that the civic body was in the process of calculating the penalty for regularising the structures.

“While issuing the provisional order, we had given them 15 days to submit application for regularising the unauthorised constructions. They have submitted the applications within the stipulated time frame for regularising more than 30 structures. The company has evaded paying tax for the buildings and will have to pay a hefty amount as penalty. We are in the process of conducting a pre-audit to fix the fine. The process will take up to two months,” Mr. Jahangir said.

Sources said the tax and penalty were being calculated as per Section 242 of the Kerala Municipality Act and the amount would come to around ₹50 lakh.

Without permission

According to officials, the joint inspection revealed that the company had constructed 10 buildings, with some having an area of up to 3,000 sq ft, without the permission of the municipality. Further, the probe found that it extended 22 buildings in the resort without obtaining necessary permission from the authorities concerned.

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