THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The corporation authorities have received less than 200 applications so far for the town planning adalat being scheduled in September. The corporation officials are pooling together around 100 more applications.
The town planning adalats had always put the officials in a fix since many of the applications would be put off owing to deviation from norms or because of the fact that permits would be sought in violation of zoning norms or completion certificate sought for constructions done in violation of building rules.
During the tenure of previous government, nearly 10 applications that had surfaced in the adalat pertained to violation of zoning regulations or demand for compromising on provisions laid down either in master plan or town planning schemes.
In majority of the cases, the corporation was asked to go by the demand in a way rendering zonal regulations and development plans earmarked in master plan and town planning schemes useless.
One of the applications received was regarding construction on a plot under the Vizhinjam-Kovalam area development scheme.
According to the minutes, the adalat convened by the minister decided to direct the council to change the provision of the scheme in such a way that permit could be granted to single residential houses upto 300 sq.m in agricultural zone.
There were also decisions to give occupancy certificates to constructions which came up on land proposed for future road widening as per master plan. The minutes said construction may be given occupancies on the condition that the owner will demolish in case of road widening in the future.
Another application was for granting occupancy in an area which was reserved for parks and open spaces. The adalat had decided that if there are other constructions in the same place for which occupancy has been given, this one also can be considered.
In order to deal with such applications, the corporation introduced a new system by which the applicant will have to fill in a form detailing the known reasons for which the application was either rejected or not settled within the time frame.