Kolkata civic body drags feet on illegal highrises in port area
City’s civic guardians and police seem to have taken no lessons from the collapse of an under-construction building at Mominpur three days ago. Or else, why should the Kolkata Municipal Corporation building department officials are still reluctant to book other real estate developers in the port area who have been constructing highrises without taking sanction from the civic body.
In fact, disasters are waiting to happen in large areas of Kolkata Port area where a section of local promoters have taken the civic body officials for a ride. A tour of large areas in port region by a ETRealty (TOI) team revealed that scores of multi storied buildings are coming up that have no legal status. According to an estimate prepared by the KMC building department officials at least 400 buildings have been constructed without the notice of the civic body in past five years.
According to a senior KMC building department official Mominpur, Ekbalpur, Kidderpore and Metiabruz are some of the worst affected areas in Port region where construction of illegal buildings have been rampant.