Jammu:The old Jewel Hotel/Theatre building situated in the centre of Jammu city, which was in dilapidated condition and lying vacant for last about two decades was Tuesday accorded permission for converting into shopping complex by Urban Transport Environment Improvement Committee (UTEIC) here at its meeting chaired by Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer.
The promoter had proposed to put up a multipurpose shopping complex with two basements for parking and G+4 floors with retail commercial Halls. Some old structures exist within the premises which the applicant has proposed to demolish.
The Committee gives permission not only for new infrastructure projects but also renovation of old and dilapidated buildings which have become eye sore for the onlookers.
Meanwhile, for ease of procedure of approval to future projects in Jammu division, the UTIEC committee also recommended its abolition as there is no provision of UTIEC in the new uniform building bylaws.
Pertinently, many memorandums had reached to Divisional Commissioner Jammu citing that UTIEC has already been dissolved in Kashmir division but the same is still existing in Jammu division without any justification and amidst complaints of delays in accords of approval of projects.
Taking the cognizance of the grievance, the Divisional Commissioner has approved for recommending the abolition of the UTEIC to the Housing and Urban Development Department.
Dr Langer remarked that “The Government is committed to enforce transparency and promote ease of doing business by making the procedure convenient and hassle free for private investors as prescribed in new bylaws” .
During the meeting it was informed that the Building permission case was submitted to UTEIC by Jammu Municipal Corporation on April 4, 2021 and the Town Planning organization, after scrutiny of the case, had forwarded the case along with drawings to UTEIC members for NOC.
NOCs have been received from all the members citing that the applicant has fulfilled all the norms of JMP-2032 and now the building permission case shall be expedited.
The meeting also had threadbare discussion on various important issues pertaining to Building Permission issuing authorities, provisions of new uniform building code/Bylaws, notification of bylaws, Transferable Development Rights etc.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner JMC, Avny Lavasa; VC JDA, Pankaj Magotra; SSP Traffic, Koshal Sharma; Chief Town Planner, Anil Raina, ADC Jammu and other members.