In the space of less than week, the department of town and country planning (DTCP) has sent a second notice to 118 developers active in city, asking them to stall all construction activities. DTCP will now conduct inspection of colonies and developers’ sites to check if the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directives are being followed or not, and fine the violators.
The notices have been issued in view of green court’s order of November 9, prohibiting all construction activities in entire NCR by any person or government authority. But, work on furnishing the interiors can be done, where no construction material is used. The enforcement wing of DTCP had issued notices to developers on November 10, and now planning wing of department has issued notices to ensure enforcement of the tribunal’s directives.
District town planner (enforcement) Rajendra T Sharma said developers stopped construction activities in most places. “We’re inspecting construction sites and referring some cases to MCG for taking action,” Sharma said, adding that if residents are on the vigil and come across any violations, the same can be reported to the department for immediate action.
A DTCP official said it was not possible to keep an eye on every nook and corner of district. “So, we urge people to report violations,” he said.
District town planner (planning) RS Batth said along with issuing notice, the department had held meeting of major developers and asked them to strictly follow the relevant NGT directives. “Field officers have been assigned different areas of city to keep continuous watch of construction sites of developers and individual plots in colonies, and file daily reports,” Batth said, adding that field staff has been directed to make random inspection and fine violators.
The penalty has to be paid within five days. Otherwise, department will initiate further action. The violation can also lead to cancellation of licences.
He said department would take serious action against individuals and developers for keeping construction materials in open. “One has to follow NGT directives in totality,” said Batth.
Ramesh Sharma, a resident of Sector 45, said though NGT banned construction activities, but some people were still carrying out the work. “Construction work on individual plots in my locality has not been stopped and construction materials can be seen lying in the open,” said Sharma.