GUWAHATI, April 30 � The Dona Planet Shop Owners Association has filed a case with the Gauhati High Court in connection with the sealing of the entire building by the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC). The hearing of the case has been fixed on May 2.
The association in a statement issued to the press said that the GMC step was unwarranted as parking rule was violated by the builder. �The municipal body could have sealed the 5th or 6th floor of the builder and not the entire building as we all had bought the shops,� said Jahanuddin Ahmed, president of the association.
It needs to be mentioned here that Dona Planet was sealed on April 24 on the ground that it had flouted the parking norms.
Ahmed pointed out that this step of the GMC has created immense problems in the lives of the shop owners.
�The shop owners are incurring great financial loss. If action had been taken against the builder Abani Das, the purpose would have been served,� added Ahmed, observing that this step of the GMC was nothing less than a publicity stunt on the part of GMC Commissioner Puru Gupta.
The association has also submitted a list of buildings that have violated parking rules to the GMC Commissioner. �We conducted a survey and found that many important buildings have blatantly flouted the rules but in their case, no action has been taken which has raised doubts about the intention and sincerity of GMC,� said Ahmed.
The list prepared by the association includes the administrative building of Gauhati High Court, SBI, Panbazar, GMC office, Uzanbazar, GK 2, Zoo Road, Sinha Lodge, RG Baruah Road, JB Complex, RG Baruah Road, Darwin Campus II, RG Baruah Road, Dispur Dhaba, Ganeshguri, BK Tower, Ganeshguri, Bedi Market, Ganeshguri, Century Hotel, Ganeshguri, Kushan Plaza and Mukesh Hyundai, Ganeshguri, Monal Tower and Gold Gym, Dispur, Punjab National Bank, AT Road, Srimanta Market, AT Road, Onkar Plaza and Vishwaratna Hotel, AT Road, Mangal Ram Tower, AT Road, and ITA Complex, Machkhowa.
On the other hand, the association today submitted an application to the public information officer of GMC seeking details of parking space facility under the Right to Information Act.
The association has warned that if the GMC does not furnish the necessary information within the stipulated time it would be compelled to file a PIL in the Supreme Court.