Mangaluru, oct 1, 2016: Mangaluru City Corporation has issued a notice to Nageena Mohiuddin Bava, wife of Mangaluru City North MLA B.A. Mohiuddin Bava, for not obtaining licence to build two additional floors on an old building owned by her near Surathkal here.
The Commissioner of the civic body has asked her to stop construction now.
The corporation issued the notice following a complaint by social activist G. Hanumanth Kamath who accused Ms. Bava of constructing the first and second floors on the old “Bava Super Market” building in Chokkabettu.
This old building is close to the house where the MLA resides.
The Commissioner asked Ms. Bava to produce documents related to the old building with numbers: 9-38/2, and 9-38/3 within seven days.
She has been directed to resume construction only after securing building licence from the corporation.
When the issue was raised during the corporation council meeting on Thursday, Mayor Harinath said that works have come to a halt now following the notice.
Some BJP councillors said that elected representatives should be models and not violators of law.
According to documents procured by Mr. Kamath under the Right to Information Act, it was on May 28 that Ms. Bava applied to the Mangaluru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) seeking plan approval to construct the two floors on the old building. This approval is necessary for getting building licence from the corporation.
The MUDA carried out a survey of the land and issued a notice on June 7 asking her to deposit Rs. 6.7 lakh for approving the plan. Mr. Kamath said that without getting the approval, Ms. Bava has gone ahead with the construction.
“A legislator should be a model citizen. The MLA has failed to prevail upon his wife to act as per law,” he said.
Justifying the construction and stating that it was not illegal, Mr. Bava told The Hindu that his wife had sought permission to construct his office and two rooms for his visitors.
She sought permission from the MUDA to permit construction by considering the site as residential for which the MUDA sought Rs. 6.7 lakh.
A fortnight ago she has sought permission from the MUDA to permit construction by considering it as commercial site.
“As this permission takes time, we went ahead with construction to complete the work quickly and give relief to visitors,” he said.
Mr. Bava said that he stopped construction soon after the corporation served notice.
Courtesy: The Hindu