SMC demolishes ‘illegal’ diamond polishing firm

The issue was raised by the BJP municipal corporator of Varachha, Bhimji Patel.

By: Express News Service | Surat | Published: July 4, 2014 1:37:58 pm

The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) demolished a four-storey building on Varachha main road that houses a diamond factory for flouting construction norms.

It was owned by the son of an SMC executive engineer, because it did not comply with the building by-laws.

The issue was raised by the BJP municipal corporator of Varachha, Bhimji Patel, on Wednesday evening in a general meeting at SMC office, about a newly built commercial complex by Vivek Gadhiya, son of SMC executive engineer, B K Gadhiya.

Sources said that entire diamond factory building, including basement and ground floor, was illegally constructed at Tapi industrial society. However , V Gadhiya also had submitted his project file to pay impact fee with Varachha Zone office. B K Gadhiya also had used his personal links to cover up the violations by his son.

BJP corporator Bhimji Patel, personally investigated and later took up this issue in the general board. The Surat Municipal Commissioner M K Das passed an order to Varachha officials to check the illegal construction and get it demolished.

Acting on his instructions, the Varachha Zone officials rushed to Tapi Industrial Estate and started demolition. SMC sources said that the construction was done on 24,900 square feet and that the demolition work was under progress till Thursday evening.

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