6,472 Commercial Units and 2,026 Industrial Units Settled Illegally in Residential Areas of Ludhiana: Report
The civic body found that of the 57,862 illegal constructions, recently highlighted in a report, as many as 6,472 commercial buildings and 2,026 industrial buildings were installed in residential areas of the city from 2016-17 to 2020. -21.
The Vigilance Service is carrying out an investigation to verify the report’s findings and construction branch officials have refuted the same, citing a number of discrepancies.
According to Additional Commissioner Rishipal Singh, the report was prepared with reference to power connections issued by Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) in residential areas, clearly indicating that 6,472 commercial and 2,026 industrial power connections were issued during this period by department. .
In the report, it was pointed out that commercial connections were issued in 312 areas and industrial connections were issued in 184 areas including uptown areas of the city like Sarabha Nagar, Shastri Nagar, Gurdev Nagar, Rajguru Nagar, Green Field, Model House, Model Gram, Shaheed Bhagat Singh (SBS) nagar, Maya Nagar (Civil Lines), Shaheed Karnail Singh Nagar among others.
Residents have long complained about illegal business activities. They said illegal business activities lead to traffic jams and nuisances in residential areas.
A resident of the Model Town extension, Gurpreet Singh, said: “Commercial activities should not be allowed in residential areas as they lead to traffic jams. This nuisance must be stopped and action must be taken against the invaders.
According to the report submitted by Additional Commissioner Rishipal Singh in October last year, the total number of power connections issued by the PSPCL in areas under the jurisdiction of the MC from 2016 to 2020 stands at 76,770. , the civic body has only approved construction plans for 7,467 buildings and challans have been issued against 11,441 buildings, while no action has been taken against the remaining 57,862 buildings. Apart from illegal constructions, the report highlights the loss of millions of dollars to the public treasury in terms of construction plan fees, composition fees, etc.
Building branch officials, however, rebutted the findings saying that many of the electrical connections mentioned in the report were attributed to settlements that fall outside MC boundaries. Also, there are many buildings with multiple electrical connections, but only one building plan is approved for the same.
Singh said the report is based on data provided by the PSPCL regarding the issuance of electrical connections and the records can be verified.
Despite several attempts, Commissioner MC Pardeep Sabharwal was unavailable for comment. Earlier, Sabharwal said the report is being verified and the Vigilance Department is investigating it.