Amid lockdown, illegal buildings sprout in Munnar
Taking benefit of the pandemic-induced lockdown, illegal constructions are being accomplished in a quick tempo in Munnar. Works on a few of the buildings that had been issued cease memos are nearly over.
Construction actions have been reported at Ikka Nagar, Rajiv Gandhi Colony, and MG Colony. As per a preliminary inquiry by the Revenue Department, six illegal constructions have been arising in these websites. Allegedly, buildings have been constructed on encroached land and offered utilizing pretend paperwork.
As per a High Court order, any building in Devikulam taluk requires the prior permission of the Revenue Department. Sources in Munnar mentioned that with the double lockdown in drive, motion of individuals was very restricted in Munnar. The modus operandi was to encroach a plot and illegally assemble a constructing throughout days of restricted exercise when there was little monitoring by Revenue officers. The prolonged lockdown interval benefited the encroachers, they mentioned.
A brief shed was erected on encroached land and constructions accomplished in a short while, particularly at night time. Attaching properties on encroached land is time-consuming and sometimes encroachers create authorized hurdles to the method. A small constructing might flip into a much bigger one in a short while, creating an impression of legality. The encroachers would promote the property on the hill station at an inflated value.
Meet on Monday
Devikulam Subcollector S. Prem Krishnan on Friday mentioned a gathering of the Revenue Department officers could be convened on Monday to take motion in opposition to encroachers. Those constructions accomplished regardless of the issuance of cease memos could be connected, he mentioned. “Only half of the Revenue officials are on duty now and the encroachers seem to have taken advantage of the situation,” he mentioned.
As per a 2017 report of the Revenue Department, 330 buildings, together with multi-storey industrial buildings and resorts, have been constructed with out the no objection certificates (NOC) from Revenue authorities.