Building ban near defence zones

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    Building ban near defence zones

    Jorhat, Oct. 23: Dispur has directed town planning and civic bodies across the state not to allow construction of buildings within a 500-yard radius of any defence installation without obtaining no-objection certificates.

    Sources said defence set-ups in state are on the verge of getting a major upgrade, because of which security in the areas near these installations would be of prime importance, and hence, the Centre had asked the state government to be strict while granting permission for construction of houses and buildings within a radius of 500 yards of any defence establishment.​

    Recently, the secretary of the state urban development department, M.U. Ahmed, told all town committees, municipal boards, development authorities and deputy commissioners that he had been directed by the government to notify them that they could issue building permissions in areas within 500 yards of any defence establishment only after obtaining an NOC from the latter.​

    He said defence authorities, after studying the design of the proposed building, had to issue an NOC, which had to be submitted to the civic, municipal or development authority of the area while applying for a building permission.​

    Ahmed said all authorities responsible for granting permission for construction of houses and buildings should strictly adhere to the relevant provision of the law as laid down in the Works of Defence Act 1903, under which getting an NOC was compulsory.​

    Sources said the urban development department had issued the letter in view of the fact that the practice of getting NOCs from defence authorities was not being followed in the state.​

    The directive assumes significance, as there are a number of defence establishments belonging to the army, Indian Air Force and paramilitary forces across the state, with many being set up during World War II.​

    The latest move comes barely a year after the Indian Air Force urged the district administrations to instruct civic bodies and development authorities not to grant building permission within a 100m radius of air force stations.​

    A restricted radius in case of weapons and explosive storage depots is 900 metres.​

    The said areas were declared restricted zones by a notification issued by the defence ministry.​

    Sources said upgrade of all defence installations in the region had been initiated, as China was becoming a major threat for India in recent times. The air force stations in Tezpur and Chabua have already been armed with Sukhoi aircraft recently.​

    IAF bases in Jorhat, Tezpur and Chabua have plans for expansion with the air force requesting the state government for acquisition of land early this year. The Shillong-based Eastern Air Command headquarters has written to Assam chief secretary N.K. Das requesting Dispur to expedite the land acquisition process.

    Building ban near defence zones

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