RTI activist Rohit Sabharwal made a complaint to chief secretary Punjab government and other officials against the civic officials for their inaction and callous attitude.
While referring to the provisions under Punjab Municipal Corporation Act 1976, he reminded the municipal town planner (MTP) to issue a letter to the officials concerned for taking action in this regard.
Under sections 258, 269 and 270 of Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976, there is provision to impose fines against violators.
The complaint also mentioned if officials had implemented the orders of the additional chief secretary then not only crores of rupees as fine would have been collected and deposited in the public exchequer, but it would have been a great lesson for the violators.
Seeking a vigilance inquiry, the complaint referred to an order dated October 16, 2017, which the officers of the building branch, had failed to comply with.
Acting over the complaint of the activist, MTP Surinder Bindra has now issued a letter to the assistant town planners concerned of all four zones to recover the penalty under those sections of building bylaws from the violators. He mentioned in the letter that they were told to take action against violators twice but they did not act due to which the department suffered losses and also the violators were encouraged. The MTP has warned the officials to take action or else they will be held responsible for the violation and loss to the public exchequer.
MTP Bindra said, “I have asked the officials to take action according to the provision in the act and submit a report to me.”