The Dehradun civic body has started precautionary measures to protect building collapses during the approaching monsoon season.
The officials informed that there are more than 40 buildings in dilapidated condition and are likely to collapse due to heavy downpour. The Dehradun Municipal Corporation [DMC] has sent notices to the property owners of these structures that include both residential and commercial complexes but the owners are not ready to vacate the buildings. The case is pending in court from a long time.
C Ravishankar, District Magistrate said that the administration is having talks with the residents and is convincing them to vacate the dilapidated establishments. All these structures are dangerous for living particularly in the monsoon season and we cannot take risk with people’s life.
DM also said that no action can be taken against property owners as they have registered case against the notice sent by the civic body.
The residents, however, denied threat to life and said that they are residing in the buildings for over five decades and no damage is reported. But, the Dehradun Civic Body sent us notice which is totally unfair.
Prior to this, the Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority recently took the decision to penalize builders for encroaching the land that was bought down by the authority. The penalty of Rs. 1 lakh per hectare will be imposed on the builders for illegal plotting.
In the board meeting some time back the development authority decided to amend the Uttarakhand Urban and Country Planning and Development Act of 1973 that will now propose police action against the encroachers.
Apart from this, the taxes on land subdivision are also proposed to be imposed.