Hospital has been operating in residential area for years as GLADA turns a blind eye: The Tribune India

Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 17

The Greater Ludhiana Region Development Authority (GLADA) has practically turned into a ‘paper tiger’ when it comes to taking action against illegal land use change of residential properties in its colonies.

In a classic example of “inaction” against defaulting beneficiaries, the GLADA authorities contented themselves with issuing a few opinions and requesting a site report from its building division without taking any follow-up action for a flagrant violation. where a hospital operated in a residential house in Urban Estate Phase I, Dhandari Kalan, for years together.

The complaint lodged with senior GLADA officials about the illegal land use change and commercial use of a residential house to run a hospital was also highlighted in these columns in March this year.

Information obtained from GLADA under the Right to Property Information Act by a resident of the area, Sukhbir Sekhon, indicated that GLADA’s real estate agent issued at least three notices between December 2020 and August. 2021 to the recipient of the residential land – each marking one of them as “last notice” – for the immediate cessation of commercial use of the property, failing which the allotment of the plot would be canceled . But no meaningful follow-up action has been taken in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award, as required by the relevant provisions of the Regional Development Law and the Punjab.

It is interesting to note that a report was also requested from the engineering directorate on two occasions, in November 2020 and in September 2021, regarding the complaint about the installation of a hospital in a residential area by the authorities. of GLADA and both times the relevant official reported that the hospital was still operational and the beneficiary had not ceased commercial use of the residential property, the informaion provided by GLADA under the RTI law.

Failure to take appropriate action by GLADA authorities in accordance with the rules, which provide for the cancellation of such an allocation in the event of a change in land use, gives credence to the complainant’s allegations that GLADA field staff was in cahoots with the failed landlord, who had been given a long rope even after commercial use of the residential property had been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.

In another representation to the authorities, the plaintiff requested immediate action in this case as the beneficiary had had numerous possibilities to appear in person and to cease the commercial use of the dwelling house.

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