Certificates to incomplete realty projects cancelled - ECAS Punjab

Certificates to incomplete realty projects cancelled

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 15

A month after suspending the Zirakpur Executive Officer (EO) in case involving issuing illegal completion certificates, the Local Government Department has issued a public notice informing that all such documents for residential-cum-commercial projects issued between January 28 and May 29, this year, have been cancelled.

The notice issued by the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), Local Government Department, has warned the promoters of the projects not to use the illegally issued completion certificates in any public office. The Executive Officer (EO), Manvir Gill, was placed under suspension last month by Additional Chief Secretary, Local Government, Sanjay Kumar, as the certificates in question were issued during Gill's tenure in Zirakpur.

Affecting over a dozen projects, the department in an internal probe found a lot of discrepancies in issuing of the completion certificates. The case files were never sent for approval to the secretary and the minister incharge.

A probe by the CVO revealed that despite instructions from Local Government Minister Brahm Mohindra that technical approval for completion/occupation certificates had to be given at the level of the government, the EO continued to issue certificates illegally. Pointing to a larger builder-official-politician nexus, the certificates issued to incomplete projects by the Zirakpur MC were meant to be used by builders to stop payment of assured monthly returns to their investors.

Though the projects are still incomplete on the ground, the certificates managed by the builders help them stop the assured returns to the investors. The EO did not even carry out physical verification of the projects for issuing fire safety no-objection certificate or giving permissions for sewerage and water connections and setting up of sewage treatment plant. Official record pertaining to some of the projects is said to be missing.



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