GDA To Levy Higher Fines On Violation Of Parking, Building & Pollution Norms
The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) is now set to take strict action against those who encroach, park on roadside and violate air pollution norms set by the National Green Tribunal (NGT). The authority has raised the fine levied for such violations.
Cracking the whip
According to the GDA, the instances of encroaching roads by vendors, roadside parking by people around malls and multiplexes, violation of building-construction norms, spreading of air pollution and use of polythene bags have become rampant. The need of the hour is to tighten the noose around such violators. For this, the GDA will now bring the penalties levied on such violators on par with the fines in other cities.
Violating norms? Get ready to pay more
The GDA has increased the penalties levied on such violation. According to the authority, the amount levied earlier did not impact the violator much and did not stop them from violating the norms again. For instance, the tow-away charges of Rs 200 did not prove to be a deterrent for violators.
*The GDA has now increased the tow-away charges to Rs 2,500 for heavy vehicles, Rs 2,000 for medium commercial vehicles, Rs 1,000 for light motor vehicles. For two wheelers, the fine is still Rs 200.
*Vendors who encroach roadside area to setup shops, unauthorised parking outside the malls or multiplexes will now be fined Rs 50,000 at every instance as against Rs 10,000 earlier.
*Putting up unauthorised banners, posters and unipoles will now attract a fine of Rs 5,000.
*Those who are found to be violating construction norms, the penalities can range between Rs 10,000 and Rs 5 lakh, depending on the category of construction and plot sizes. The plots have been segregated from 100 square metres (sqm) to over 20,000 sqm.
Further steps taken
*For the towing away of vehicles parked in unauthorised parking areas, the authority has also increased the number of tow-away vans from four to ten. It has also authorised the municipal corporation and the traffic police to penalise violators.
*For relocating 2,000 vendors who have encroached open spaces to set up shop, different agencies were asked to identify suitable locations. Eight such locations have now been identified. Of the eight four spots, four have been identified by the GDA — two in Indirapuram and one each in Vaishali and Kaushambi. These spots can accommodate over 1,000 vendors. The remaining four spots have been finalised by the GMC. These include two in Vijay Nagar and one each in Mohan Nagar and Raj Nagar Extension.
*The local bodies in Ghaziabad will now draw a red line on roads. This red line will indicate limits upto which the vendors can set up shop. Work has begun on over 10 major roads in the city.
From other cities
*A special police station will come up at the Buddha Bhavan in Secunderabad to tackle complaints of unauthorised construction and civic violations. First of its kind in the country, this station will be a part of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC)’s proposed Enforcement, Vigilance and Disaster Management Cell. This station will employee 100 police personnels, 20 each for five of the GHMC zones. According to civic authorities in Hyderabad, over 10 per cent of 22 lakh homes under the GHMC jurisdiction are unauthorised while 50 per cent do not have a sanctioned plan.
*The Bareilly Municipal Corporation on March 7 started a massive drive against encroachments. The civic authority will demolish all illegal encroachments and also levy fines worth Rs 10,000-Rs 1 lakh on the violators.
With inputs from Housing News