Defaulters would be dealt strictly: Officials
Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) and Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) Wednesday banned all kinds of constructions in Srinagar, following the outbreak of coronavirus in Kashmir.
SMC Mayor, Junaid Azim Mattu said they have notified a complete ban on all sorts of construction in all 74 wards of the Srinagar till further orders.
“SMC is notifying complete ban on all sorts of construction within its limits till further orders,” he said.
Following the directions, SMC has issued order wide no 533 in this regard and was issued by Joint Commissioner Planning. As per the order, people are taking advantage of unrest or lockdown and are preferring illegal constructions in the city.
“In view of Cornovirus spread fear in Kashmir. All ongoing construction activities, including sanctioned permissions within SMC limits, are banned with immediate effect from Wednesday onward,” it said.
According to the order, any violation regarding ban orders would be dealt within the ambit of the law.
A senior official at LAWDA said despite high court orders, illegal constructions are rampant in several areas of Dal and Nigeen lakes.
The areas including, interiors of Saida Kadal, Ashaie Bagh, Check-Saderbal, Nigeen, Nishat and other areas where illegal constructions are rampant and authorities have failed to act on the grave issue, the official said.
Meanwhile, Vice-Chairman LAWDA, Tufail Mattoo admitted that some people are taking advantage of the prevailing situation and are constructing structures without proper permissions.
“We have also banned all sorts of constructions in our jurisdiction. LAWDA will also implement the order in letter and spirit and if anyone would be found violating their orders, they would initiate strict action against them,” he said.
Mattoo said no construction material would be permitted allowed towards Dal and Nigeen areas from Thursday onward.
“In the time of distress, people should abide illegal constructions and should not take advantage of such a situation when the whole world is engulfed by a deadly virus,” he said.
Vice-Chairman assured that once things get normal, they would initiate strict action against the violators. “We have already directed our demolition squads to remain active during the lockdown,” he said.