Indore: Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) commissioner Manish Singh has issued show cause notices to six officials, including chief city planner Vishnu Khare, for allegedly violating land and building norms in order to benefit landlords.

The officials have been granted seven days to reply to the notices else one-sided action would be taken against them. The notices were issued in two separate cases.

In first case, building permission for mixed use was granted on four plots at Shri Ganga Vihar Colony and building maps were approved.

A complaint about land and building norms being compromised upon was filed with the IMC. On inquiry, it was found that the compliant was true.

In the probe, it was established that IMC officials, including chief city planner and building officer Khare, the then building inspector Nagendra Singh Bhadoria and architect Lalit Kale, having hand in glove with landlord allegedly tampered with documents and illegally issued building permission for the four plots on nine metre road.

As per the map approved by town and country planning department, there was nine metre road at the place where the four plots were shown.

But the IMC officials allegedly showed 18 metre of road at the place and gave building permission on the plots to the landlord for mixed use.

As per norms, the IMC does not have right to overlook map approved by T&CP. Only director of T&CP can amend the map if any situation arises.

Manish Singh said that Khare is basically from T&CP department and is well aware of this rule but he still violated it. Khare and Bhadoria has been given seven days to file their reply while has been granted three days for the same.

In second case, show cause notices were issued to zone no 3 building officer Vishesh Jain, building inspector Umesh Patidar and architect Harish Totala for allegedly violating building norms to benefit a landlord. The officials have been granted seven days to reply back.

A complaint was filed by the municipal commissioner alleging that IMC officials illegally approved a map for residential-cum-commercial on Netaji Shubash Marg even when plots alongside this road are only for commercial use.

On inquiry the complaint was found true. It was also came to fore that IMC officials minimum 20 per cent of the land should have been left for parking purpose but this norms was overlooked while approving the building map.

It was also found that permission of nine metre height could be given on the plot but the officials allegedly approved map for 15 metre high building. This permission was also beyond the power of the officials as all permission above the height of 12 metre building should be granted by a high rise committee led by municipal commissioner.

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