In an order dated March 25, Corporation of the City of Panaji commissioner Sanjit Rodrigues has asked the bank branch to demolish the mezzanine floor and remove the diesel generator from the sixth floor, which was placed without prior permission.
Rodrigues issued the directive as per provisions of Section 269 of the City of Panaji Corporation Act 2002
“I direct the respondent to demolish or remove the said illegal work, within 28 days from the date of receipt of this notice, failing which I shall cause the work of demolition and further, the expenses incurred thereof will be recovered as arrears of property tax,’ Rodrigues said in the order.
A resident of the building had complained to the directorate of fire and emergency services and the CCP in 2018 that Bicholim Urban Co-operative Bank had enclosed part of open space and toilet on the ground floor of the building and also put up a mezzanine floor without prior permission from Corporation of the City Panaji.
“It appears that the said construction work is done without obtaining prior permission or approval as required under Section 257(1) and in violation of provisions,” Rodrigues said in the order.
The plan, which was approved by Corporation of the City of Panaji while granting construction and occupancy licences clearly indicates that the generator was to be placed on the ground floor along with the toilet block.