GANGTOK,: The Gangtok Municipal Corporation (GMC) has issued an order which directs a stop on all construction works happening at the Star Mall project at the New Market side of MG Marg in main town.

The order was issued on April 26 by the GMC for various alleged lapses observed in the construction of the mall project. It was a second ‘stop order’ issued by the GMC to the project developer with the first order being issued on March 26.

In its latest order, the GMC recorded that, following an on spot inspection/complaint received, it was found that the developer had carried out the RCC building construction prior to the approval of the blue print plan within the GMC jurisdiction and was carrying out the RCC building construction without construction order.

It was also found that the construction of vertical unauthorized floors in the proposed mall was beyond permissible limit of five and a half floors along with an unauthorized roof projection over the main road. The developer was further reminded about non-compliance of earlier stop order issued on March 26.

“…your construction has violated the Sikkim Allotment of House Sites and Construction of Building (Regulation and Control Act 1985), read with sub regulation (iv) of Regulation 17 of the Sikkim Building Construction 1991 (As amended by the Sikkim Construction (Amendment) Regulation 2000, under the circumstances you are hereby directed to respond to the second Stop Order with a week from the date of issue of this order, failing which the construction shall be dealt with the Act of Law,” reads the GMC order to the Star Mall project director.

Meanwhile, many have welcomed this action taken by the GMC in interest of public safety and compliance of existing rules related with construction in an already heavily congested Gangtok town. There are several similar haphazard constructions happening around the town which require similar monitoring and required action from the civic body, it was shared.

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