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Building norms violation: Chandigarh Estate office begins survey to nail automobile agencies

An Enforcement team led by sub-divisional officer (building) has been entrusted with the responsibility of carrying out the survey and submit a report by month-end.

Written by Vinod Kumar | Chandigarh | Published: February 4, 2016 4:01:18 am

AFTER DETECTING glaring violations in a showroom running multiple automobile agencies in Industrial Area, the UT estate office has launched a survey to identity automobile agencies flouting building bylaws.

There are around 25 automobile agencies of both cars and two-wheelers operating from Phase I and Phase II of the Industrial Area. Some of agencies have allegedly made alterations in their building plans, thus violating building bylaws and building zoning line. In some cases, construction on the plot is more than the permitted floor area ratio (FAR). FAR is the ratio of the total floor area of a building to the area of land it is built on.

An Enforcement team led by sub-divisional officer (building) has been entrusted with the responsibility of carrying out the survey and submit a report by month-end.

Deputy commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi said appropriate action would be taken based on the findings. “Some agencies have violated the norms with impunity,” said Joshi.

B S Saluja, president, Chandigarh Car Dealers Association, said the agencies had deviated from building bylaws “out of compulsion and not by choice.” “The age-old building bylaws of Chandigarh are not conducive to trade,” said Saluja.

The estate office’s move comes after blatant violations on industrial plot number 182\ in Phase I of Industrial Area were detected during inspection carried out by a team of estate office on January 19. The proprietor, Harbir Automobiles, is running dealerships of multiple automobiles on the corner plot measuring three kanals. The automobile showroom owner had allegedly removed the entire concrete wall and replaced it with glass doors and windows throwing the entrance open on the main road in contrast to their sanctioned building plans. The estate office has initiated action against the agency.

 

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