Crime branch starts probe into illegal structures, shopping malls in Srinagar

Srinagar:  Crime Branch Kashmir is conducting “checks” at a number of places in Srinagar regarding illegal structures including shopping malls amid complaints about the involvement of top Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) officials.

Official sources said hat the Crime branch Kashmir started conducting checks across the city since early Friday morning.

Confirming it, a senior Crime Branch officer told GNS that there have been numerous allegations that SMC top brass has allowed illegal structures including shopping malls to come up without following the due procedures against illegal gratifications. “There also are complaints that some shopping complex have been allowed without provision of mandatory parking spaces. Also numerous complaints have been received that where the officials of the SMC have allowed large deviation of building permissions,” the officer said, adding, “At instances, there are complaints that some structures have been allowed without even permission.”
All the complaints, the officer said, are being looked into.

“Presently we are conducting checks at several places and those found at fault, whether officials or locals will be dealt with in accordance with law,” he added. (GNS)

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