Shimla mayor questions permission to realtor

May 17th, 2011 - 9:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Shimla, May 17 (IANS) The controversy over permission to a private realtor for setting up an ultra-luxurious housing project in the Himachal Pradesh capital generated more heat Tuesday with the town’s mayor alleging the municipal commissioner had granted the clearance without following rules.

Mayor Madhu Sood accused civic Commissioner A.N. Sharma of issuing a no-objection certificate (NOC) to Bemloe Development and Infrastructure Company in a day’s time.

“Applications for simple permission to redo old buildings in Shimla keep piling up in commissioner’s office. He is not bothered to look into them. But in this case, everything was okayed in a single day without following necessary procedures,” she told reporters here.

“The NOC (no-objection certificate) to purchase 6,650 square metres land in the heart of town for building 24 cottages is in itself a violation. The builder has even axed dozens of trees to ensure a road up to the housing complex,” Sood, who is backed by the Congress, added.

Sharma, however, said there were some other reasons for mayor’s outburst. “I will come out with facts soon.”

Union Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister and former chief minister Virbhadra Singh also slammed the the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state government last month for allowing the builder associated with a Delhi-based company to construct the housing project, alleging top political functionaries in the government were involved in illegal property transactions and were promoting realtors.

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