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Mundka fire: North Delhi civic body says owner never applied for sanction of building plan

Days after a massive fire killed 27 people at a four-storey building in West Delhi’s Mundka, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation said that the building owner had never applied for sanction of building plan. The civic body stated that the department was not aware of the fire no-objection certificate.

The NDMC has suspended two section officers and one licensing inspector in connection with the Delhi Mundka fire. According to an official statement, Licensing Inspector Sandeep Kaushik, Section Officer of General Branch S K Sharma, and Section Officer of House Tax Department B R Meena of the Narela Zone were suspended.

A local enquiry has revealed the building’s basement was being used for storage and the ground floor was vacant. The road on which the building was situated was of neither commercial nor mixed land use category.

The NDMC said, “According to records of the Building Department of Narela Zone, the building is about 11 years old. The property was booked by then Najafgarh Zone on March 8, 2011, and June 20, 2011.”

“The owner of the building has paid conversion charges from 2016 to 2018 on basis of self-assessment. No ongoing construction is noticed there. The owner has never applied for sanction of the building plan,” the civic body said.

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It said the building was being used for industrial purposes, which is not allowed. The civic body pointed out that no valid factory license has been issued at this location.

The civic body added that conversion charges of Rs 4 lakh and parking charges of Rs 2.66 lakh and Rs 93,188 penalty have been paid only between 2016 and 2018 for the ground floor area.

“Going by the record, no property tax has been paid by the owner/occupier of the premises and notices were issued by the department. Action against the building was taken in 2019,” the statement said.

NDMC said on the directions of a monitoring committee, a liquor shop on the ground floor of the building was sealed in January 2019. Following further orders in July 2019, the property was de-sealed after removing the belongings and since then the ground floor is lying vacant.

“Further, show-cause notices to Dy. A&C and Joint Assessor and Collector of Narela Zone have been issued. Disciplinary proceedings have also been initiated against the then area Junior Engineer of the building department in Narela Zone/Najafgarh Zone posting during January 2011 to December 2011, when the alleged construction took place,” the statement by NDMC said.

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