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Bhopal: Minal Mall builder has been under govt scanner for 8 years

Bhaskar News   |  May 24, 2011, 07:05AM IST

Bhopal: The builder of Minal Mall and Minal Residency, Raj Homes was under the government’s scanner for its illegal constructions even eight years ago, sources said on Monday.

In 2003, the district administration had issued a notice to Raj Homes following which it had proposed to give to the government 4 acres of land.

However, as soon as the erstwhile collector, Anurag Jain was transferred the file that contained the proposal for the regulation of land disappeared mysteriously.   

In 2007, Raj Homes was again remained of its illegal constructions but this time the builder obtained permission to build on this piece of land.    

Raj Homes has now been asked to stop with immediate effect the construction of 325 homes in Minal Residency.

The project currently underway does not have legal permit, sources in the district administration told Dainik Bhaskar.

According to sources, the shifting of 25 stores to the Club House following the demolition of the Minal Mall is also unauthorised.

Raj Homes is committing one fraud after another; the permission granted to Club House is for residential purposes, how could stores be allotted there, they ask.

In related news, the city corporation continued its demolition drive on the second day on Sunday as the top two floors of the six-storied Raj Homes office in the Minal Residency here were dynamited and brought down.

The drive also comprised the bulldozing of Raj Industries’ 300 metre boundary wall, built on encroached land, on the JK Road and the dynamiting of an illegal 10-metre wide section in front of the Club House.

The demolitions on Sunday were carried out amidst tight security following violence between the residents of Minal Residency and the police and city corporation teams on Saturday when illegally built sections of the Club House were being pulled down.

As many as 107 homes in Minal Residency have been constructed illegally on government-owned land, according to a report drafted by the district administration.

Following the demarcation team’s submission of a list of homes standing on government land to the collector, the district administration is now probing how these structures received a permit from the city corporation and how their layout was shown the green signal by the town and country department.

After demolishing a portion of the Minal Mall and freeing 141 acres of encroached government land from its builder, the district administration began the demarcation of the entire area near the mall.

The probe revealed that 107 homes in Old Minal and New Minal had been raised on government land.

Speaking to Dainik Bhaskar, Additional Collector Deepal Saxena confirmed that homes built on government land had been identified.

Saxena also said it would be investigated how these building received the go-ahead from the city corporation and the town and country planning department, adding that no decision had yet been taken to demolish these homes.

Earlier in the month, illegally raised sections of the six-storied Minal Mall were brought down using dynamite and JCB machines.

The demolition of a portion of the Minal Mall, the largest-ever anti-encroachment drive in Bhopal to free government land, began following the High Court’s order.

According to a report prepared by the district administration, Minal Mall and Minal Residency builder Raj Homes had encroached 108.47 acre of the 141.22 acre land owned by the Industries Department.

Raj Homes is said to have built residential apartments, shopping mall, food zone and film city on the encroached land.

However, Raj Homes said the mall had been made after official approval.

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