Siliguri’s Engineers Body Accuses Administration of Delaying Approval for Projects

By Hirak. D (TNI Siliguri) | TNI Editing Balurghat

Webdesk, TNI Siliguri, 16th March, 2019: Yesterday, in a press conference conducted by the Siliguri Engineers and Architects Association (SEAA), the apex body of private practicing Engineers and Architects of Siliguri, informed the press that for the last 1(One) Year none of the Building Plans which have been put for approvals have been approved by the authority. These plans are mostly, related to above 6.50 Mtrs high Building. SEAA members also accused that the authority is not receiving new Building Plans for approvals. Further, when the SEAA members also informed the press the when the members are approaching the concerned BDO to discuss the issue, they were not getting any appropriate reply or steps to address the matter. The members present in the press addressing said that “The situation is a very grave issue which is impacting the developments of the region and leading to huge loss to the real estate sector also loss to the State Government in terms of Loss of revenue from Building Plan Fees, Taxes, GST, Stamp duty, registration fees, etc. It is also leading to huge loss in terms of generation of employment in the region”. SEAA also reiterated that when the state is looking towards wholesome development of the state initiated so many policies to speed up the “Ease of Doing Business” such situation are not in-sync with the vision of the Regional development. When contacted with the Matigara BDO Smt. Runu Roy, she informed that the delay is happening because of the present model code of conduct being implemented after declaration of Loksabha Election dates. She however, assured that all the project will be cleared in due time.

Photo: SEAA, Siliguri

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