Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 29

Even though there are violations galore, such as illegal land use change, non-compliance with building regulations and encroachments, in almost every settlement developed and maintained by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), some officials in the building branch of the Trust have been notable for interfering in the affairs of the settlements which had long since been transferred to the Municipal Corporation (MC) for maintenance under the provisions of the Town Improvement Act from Punjab.

The line of construction control in settlements maintained by LIT and handed over to MC has been drawn clearly and repeatedly, which states that for all development projects, handed over by LIT to MC for maintenance, control of the he whole building, including approval of building plans, regulation and enforcement of building standards would be entrusted to the construction branch of the civic body.

Eyebrows were raised when a senior LIT official recently visited the Model City Extension, which was developed by LIT and later handed over to the MC after five years of completion of all development works in accordance with the statutory provisions.

While MC officials objected to this overreach by their Trust counterpart, even senior LIT officials called the act an “excess of power”.

A senior official from the engineering arm of the Trust said that if an official from the LIT needed to visit any of the settlements handed over for a breach or irregularity, he or she should record the visit and also record the findings, if any. . , on the file. Ideally, such an exercise should be conducted in coordination with MC officials, he added.

An official of the construction branch of MC, however, said that any intervention in the control of the construction of the areas located in a colony handed over by LIT after development to MC, was a clear violation of the terms and conditions of the transfer of the colonies which were regulated by law. “Regulation and enforcement of building standards and control of buildings in all handed over settlements is our responsibility and we are competent enough to perform our official duty,” the official remarked.

Eyebrows raised following a visit from a trust official

Eyebrows were raised when recently a senior LIT official officially visited Model Town Extension, which was developed by the Trust and later handed over to the MC after five years of completion of all development work as required by statute . While MC officials objected to this overreach by their Trust counterpart, even senior LIT officials called the act an “excess of power”.