statesman news service
KOLKATA, 28 JUNE: Illegal constructions in the city have dwindled considerably due to an intense drive carried out by the building department of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) over the past few months.
The KMC has pulled down nearly 80 unauthorised constructions in the city in the past three months.
Chief minister Miss Mamata Banerjee had instructed the KMC to intensify drives against illegal constructions coming up in the city. 
Subsequently, the municipal commissioner, Mr Khalil Ahmed, held meetings and conducted drives that were carried out throughout the city.
The KMC has put up billboards cautioning proposed buyers against illegal constructions. The buyers have been requested to ask for the building plan, commencement certificate and later the completion certificates. Besides, they should ensure that there is no dispute over the land where the proposed building is coming up. Also, they must check out whether all property tax dues had been cleared by the owner while obtaining sanctioned plan.
Senior officials of the building department said steps have been taken to pull down additional floors and not regularise them. The KMC Act,1980 stipulates that minor changes can be regularised by payment of fines. Taking advantage of this section, some , in league with political leaders used to regularise the illegally-built floors by payment of fines on “humanitarian grounds”. Now, building inspectors have been asked to intensify their vigil and file FIR against builders the moment they spot any unauthorised construction. Action will be taken against them if the inspectors fail to act. The KMC will ensure that no parking lot has been converted into rooms. In the past three decades of the Left Front regime, parking lots were converted into shops and they were subsequently regularised by payment of fine.
As a result, cars of flat owners were parked on the streets. In the southern fringes of the city many  parking lots were converted to shops. The KMC will check whether the parking lot has been built in accordance with the sanctioned plan before issuing completion certificate.