GUWAHATI, Aug 20 - The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has recently violated the ‘Master Plan and Zoning Regulation for Guwahati’ by issuing a ‘no objection certificate for construction’ to a real estate firm of the city to construct a seven-storeyed building on a plot located near the Cycle Factory, Kalapahar locality, which is marked as the ‘Intensity Conservation’ area.
As per norms in such areas, no construction work of more than G plus one building should be allowed by the State government’s agency in the ‘Intensity Conservation’ zone.
It was alleged by one Diwakar Choudhary, a resident of Rehabari area of the city. According to him, in this connection he has also written to the Chief Minister’s Office, Principal Secretary of the Guwahati Development Department, and the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (Metro) district.
The Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) stopped entertaining any application filed after June 12, 2012, seeking building permission, as the framing of new building byelaws was in process. But, as alleged by Choudhary, the real estate firm filed the application on June 15, 2012 and availed the permission in blatant violation of government rules.
Reacting to the allegation, a senior official of the GMC stated that they have issued the certificate after consulting the matter with legal experts.
“The builder has filed the application seeking the NOC before amendment of the Guwahati building byelaws. At that time, the area was not categorised as an intensity conservation zone, but the latest amendment of the byelaw has taken the area into the restrictive category. Meanwhile, based on the advice of the Advocate General of Assam, we have issued the NOC as the construction firm had applied for it before the amendment,” the official said.