Indore: Illegal portions of Fortune Ambience to be knocked down, says IMC

Indore: Faced with criticism of ignoring unauthorised construction in Fortune Ambience, the residential-cum-commercial complex constructed at Dhakkanwala Kuna Road in South Tukoganj, Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) on Tuesday took decision to demolish building’s illegal portions.

“We have asked builder to demolish illegal constructions on its own else we will be send our bulldozers to knock it down,” said Mayor-in-Council member Sudhir Dedge during IMC council meeting on Monday. The announcement came following a query by Congress corporator Chhote Yadav regarding inaction against the builder who carried out additional constructions against norms.

Dedge said IMC had found irregularities in construction of high-rise structure and subsequently issued show notice to builder (Sai Shakti Construction Private Limited) on July 7. “Replying to notice, the builder submitted an application requesting for compounding of illegally constructed portions. We rejected application as compounding is allowed only for 10 percent of illegal construction.  In this case, the illegal construction is above 10 percent,” he said.

Free Press had reported about irregularities in building construction, which IMC overlooked. A proposal for residential-cum -commercial building was approved in 2015 by the high rise committee headed by divisional commissioner and comprised representatives from IMC, PWD, west discom, fire brigade, traffic police, development authority and district administration.

The building was approved on 43,000 sq feet area but builder allegedly carried out additional construction. Talking to Free Press earlier, builder Vasudev Mangharamani had denied that he raised construction against the norms. It was only when a complaint about the irregularities was filed by former corporator Parmanand Sisodiya on January 23, 2017, issued a show cause notice to the building. But no action was taken thereafter.

Illegalities highlighted in IMC notice to builder

  1. Over seventh floor, a structure has been erected on 24.5X18.5 meter area, which implies that an additional floor (eighth floor) is constructed.
  2. Offices have been constructed on residential floors (fourth to seventh).
  3. Norms related to open space for landing has been violated from ground to seventh floor.
  4. Open to Sky (OTS) space has been covered and construction has been carried out till seventh floor.
  5. Construction on open space near mezzanine shops across all floors.
  6. At backside landing, open space has been used for construction from first to top floor.
  7. In defiance of map, a portion meant for gallery has been included in shops. Similarly, MOS area has been used for building commercial and residential offices.
  8. Shops have been constructed by using OTS area above mezzanine.
  9. A portion of corridor approved for office has been included in shops.
  10. OTS space at the rear side of the building has been covered from first to top floor and construction has been done for commercial use.
  11. Violating building map, space meant for corridor (from first floor to seventh floor) has been used and construction has been done for commercial use.
  12. From first floor to sixth floor, OTS has been used for building structures meant for commercial use.
  13. In violation of town and country planning directives, construction raised in entire building above mezzanine area.

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