Acting on a KMC board of administrators (BoA) advisory, municipal commissioner Binod Kumar slapped show-cause notices on several buildings department assistant engineers for allegedly failing to prevent illegal constructions in various parts of the city.
If the accused engineers fail to give satisfactory reply, the commissioner may send these cases to the civic body’s personnel department for initiating disciplinary proceedings.
The KMC buildings department has also served notices to several promoters or individuals, asking them to produce legal papers relating to the construction of flats or buildings that are underway in different parts of the city.
In fact, following a tweak in buildings rule and as instructed by the chairman of the KMC board of administrators Firhad Hakim, the civic buildings department brass has asked the executive engineers to keep tabs on every construction under their jurisdictions.
“We have asked our borough executive engineers to rope in the assistant or sub-assistant engineers to keep a vigil on every construction in a borough. If they find anything suspicious, they must report the same to us without delay. We will check valid papers of the construction and start demolition of the illegal constructions within a week,” said a KMC buildings department senior official.
“We have prepared a preliminary list of under-construction buildings in some sensitive boroughs where a large number of buildings are constructed without caring for our building rules. We will then initiate a drive to demolish them,” said a KMC buildings department official.
Areas like Garden Reach, Metiabruz, Kidderpore, Behala, Joka, Topsia, Tiljala, Garia, Jadavpur-Santoshpur belt and the ones off EM Bypass, including Madurdaha, Mukundapur, Kasba and Garfa, have been registering steady cases of illegal constructions, the official added.