February 13, 2010 4:41:14 am
The multi-crore Galliara scheme,for beautification of the area around the Golden Temple,has taken a hit due to the number of motels and commercial buildings that have come up illegally.
More than 90 big and small hotels have come up in proximity of the Golden Temple and barring a few,none of them has been constructed according to the norms laid. They neither possess the requisite licences nor have been registered under the Seria Act,mandatory to run an enterprise.
The constructions have come up without obtaining the no-objection certificates (NOCs) from the municipal corporation,health,sanitary and fire departments.
Many of these hotels are in residential areas while others have changed the building plans without following the norms for adequate security,fire safety or even parking. The officials of the Galliara scheme,when contacted,said they have submitted a detailed report of the violations to the municipal corporation.
We have submitted the list of violators,it is up to the MC now to enforce the law, said a senior officer.
The list,which is in possession of The Indian Express,shows that most of the new constructions are of more then 52 feet in height,against the allowed 38 feet. Hotels,including Hotel CJ International,Temple View,Swagat Hotel,Sachdeva Guest House,Sita Niwas,Heritage Inn,Nishkam Sarai,Hotel Golden Paradise,Sindi Niwas and Mercury Hotel,are among those constructed in violation of the norms. Apart from these,scores of other small hotels burden the already falling civic infrastructure.
The Galliara scheme,which planned to de-congest the area around the temple,has made no headway even after 24 years of its inception.
Most of these hotels are being run from residential complexes without obtaining permission,said spokesperson of NGO Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO) Sarbjit Singh Verka. He said they have made numerous complaints to the authorities concerned but no action was taken due to political pressure.
Verka gave an example of one Darshan Singh and Sunder Singhs building which had been served a notice by the MC but no action was taken by the officials.
The role of the Municipal Town Planning (MTP) department of the MC needs to be investigated,he said.
MC Commissioner D P S Kharbanda,however,said they had taken action against these violations and will make sure there are no such violations in the future.
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