SMC Commissioner suspends Ward Officer, Enforcement Officer, attaches CEO for allowing illegal construction in city

Srinagar, Nov 27 : The Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation has suspended a Ward Officer, Zonal Enforcement Officer and attached Chief Enforcement Officer of the corporation for allowing illegal permission in the city’s Batapora area.

The Ward Officer Irshad Ahmad Akmali, Zonal Enforcement Officer (North) Bashir Ahmad have been suspended while Chief Enforcement Officer Mudasir Hussain Banday has been attached.

The Commissioner Athar Amir Khan has asked the two joint commisioners of the SMC to probe the case and submit detailed report in a week.

According to the information available with Srinagar based the officers who have been suspended and attached have allowed major illegal construction in Main ChowK, Hajam Mohalla in Batapora in the city.

As per the order Order No. 716 of 2021 issued today by SMC Commissioner major construction was being done by Javaid Ahmad Sofi son of Wali Monammad Sofi at Main ChowK Hajam Mohalla Batapora without permission from the corporation.

“After reports, a team was sent on spot and it has been prima facie found that the construction is being done without proper building permission,” sources said.

Sources said that the concerned Ward Offcer, Irshad Ahmad Akmali, Zonal Enforcement Officer (North) Bashir Ahmad were in league with the owners to carry on the illegal construction.

“The officials have failed to take necessary action as was due in this regard which is a serious negligence of duty,” the order said.

The Commissioner has asked the Joint Commissioner Adm  Riyaz Ahmad Shah and Joint
Commissioner Works Rajinder Singh shall do the detailed enquiry and submit report within 7 days.

Residents of the city were complaining about rampant illegal constructions by the influential and rich in eague with with ward officials and other concerned officials, while the complaints were overlooked previously.

Many citizens said the from last one year after the incumbent Commissioner there are visible changes at the top level and only those constructions are allowed which have legal permission.