BHUBANESWAR: Believe it or not, the BMC Keshari Mall has been operating for the last four years without a valid occupancy certificate from the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA). And the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, a 35 pc partner, claims it had no clue about it.
Till the private developer, Keshari Estates Developer, slapped a Rs 2.5 cr AC bill on it. After being jolted out of its slumber, BMC has gone after the partner developer.
The AC bill is for the BMC’s share of property. The BMC officials have taken the plea that since the corporation’s share of the mall is hardly used, the AC bill makes no sense.
BMC officials said it had time and again demanded a copy of the occupancy certificate issued by BDA but in vain. Last month at its council meeting, BDA was instructed to provide a copy of the certificate.
After this episode, BMC officials began digging deep and found out that the mall does not have a fire safety clearance either.
BMC project officer Srimanta Mishra said that charges of gross deviation in planning and violation of Orissa Development Authorities Act (ODA), 1982 will be slapped against the mall developers.
The Corporation has written to the Fire Services Department and the Commissionerate Police to initiate strict action against the developers.
The BMC Keshari Mall developers are now looking at the possibility of paying a penalty anything between `3 crore and `4 crore if the charges are established.
The mall was developed in partnership with Keshari Estate Private Limited in 2010.