The town planning department has a list of buildings where storeys have been added or are being added without proper sanction, officials in the department revealed.
After a building collapsed in Narhe, the administration held the builder guilty of constructing an additional floor without permission, town planning officials said and added this is common practice in spite of collecting huge penalty from builders.
“After we make sure construction is authorised, if we find the builder has not taken necessary permission for increasing number of storeys, we impose a penalty, which is 7.5 per cent of the construction cost of residential buildings and 10 per cent for commercial buildings,” said town planning officials.
The department which checks area of construction, the space left on the plot around the building, built-up area, number of constructions, light and ventilation and fire safety forwards the files to revenue officials.
The town planning department imposes fines under section 143 of the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act, and for violation of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code.
The town planning department recently asked builders, architects, structural engineers and site engineers to submit affidavits in the format readied for the same and forward them to the collector. Pune district collector Saurabh Rao cleared the proposal and sent the formats to builders. Town planning officials said this would ensure accountability of the builder and the team as affidavits will have to be submitted by all when the proposal of constructions comes to the department for clearance and completion certificates.
“While this will be for new proposals, proposals for increasing storeys will be scanned through these affidavits,” said the officials.
The builders fraternity maintains that while builders’ association members follow rules, it is fly-by-night operators who have to be reined in. Town planning officials said the district administration drive to identify legal and illegal structures would give a clearer picture and owners of unauthorised construction will be issued notices by revenue officials.