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Growing property prices contributing to increase in building violations

In the year 2000, I was posted as sub-divisional officer (SDO), buildings, UT estate office. At that time, there was proper natural light and ventilation in buildings across the city and building violation cases were very few as compared to the present time.

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Last Updated: Jan 03, 2020, 04.22 PM IST
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Where SDO's office was in 2000
30 bays building, Sector 17: Where SDO's office was in 2,000
(This story originally appeared in on Jan 02, 2020)
In the year 2000, I was posted as sub-divisional officer (SDO), buildings, UT estate office. At that time, there was proper natural light and ventilation in buildings across the city and building violation cases were very few as compared to the present time.

The relationship of my team and resident welfare associations (RWAs) was so cordial that in some cases even RWA people used to inform us about violations in their locality. We never revealed their names and accordingly conducted checks and penalised the violators. The building violation cases were around five to 10 in a month, which have increased over the years In 2000-01, there was a period when the UT administration had started giving maximum building by-law relaxations to the public. The process to convert shop-cum-flats (SCFs) to shop-cum-office (SCOs) was started after the year 2000. As I remained as SDO buildings till 2006, I remember how the process to converting single screen theatres into multiplex was started then.

And now there are a number of multiplexes in the city, and very few single screen theatres.

At present, city’s large number of population is residing in third phase of Chandigarh—group housing societies in southern sectors. The development process of these group housing societies was also completed around 2000 and people had started shifting to these societies.

I can still recall how former UT law officer Seema Handa had even prepared a booklet ‘Suvidha’ for building bylaws around 2005, which was very helpful for city residents, who had doubts over building bylaws.

I can say that in 2000 there was less tendency among residents for carrying out building violations. But with the passage of time, property prices increased, the city’s population also increased, which forced residents to utilize given space fully, and in this process, people also carried out violations.

In those days, people were easy-going and used to listen to officers. Time has changed but still officials work dedicatedly and will continue to do their duty.

Sanjay Arora, Superintending engineering (building and roads), MC

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