NRI businessman’s suicide: Govt gives clean chit to Anthoor municipality
Kochi: In the suicide of NRI businessman Saji Parayil at Anthoor in Kannur, the LDF government informed the High Court that there were no lapses from the part of Anthoor municipality.
In the affidavit, government noted that the municipality demanded changes in the plan of his convention centre observing the architect’s mistake.
Local self-government department under-secretary G Anil Kumar also stated that the NRI’s convention centre has come under scanner after he submitted a new plan and changed the construction method without seeking municipality’s permission. The government submitted the affidavit as directed by the court.
Sajan Parayil, 49, hanged himself in his house on June 18, allegedly fed up with the Anthoor Municipality over non-issue of license to his convention centre. High Court has registered a suo moto case on the NRI’s suicide as per the media reports.
“The architect has prepared the plan of the convention centre without noticing the curve of the land. It led to delay in granting approval to the project. The municipality also observed serious lapses in the new plan which was submitted later,” reads the affidavit.
When municipality approved the plan, the construction method was changed without seeking municipality’s permission. According to building rules, the building which is categorised under Group D should not change the construction method. Violating the plan, concrete construction in a part was replaced with iron work.
Purushothaman, father in law of the NRI businessman, has submitted the application for convention centre in 2013. The chief town planner reported that the applicant di not follow the directions issued in 2014 and 2015 related to the construction.
On 2015 July 5, the NRI submitted a new plan of the convention centre which has an extra area of 299 square feet. The municipality approved the plan on 2015 October 29 after detailed inspection. But after receiving a phone call on November 8, 2017, the secretary visited the site and issued a show cause notice against the project. Later, municipality and town planner mutually carried out an inspection on June 14 as requested by the applicant. The officials noticed some drawbacks in the construction during this inspection. Following this, Sajan committed suicide on June 18.
On July 8, the government directed the municipality to issue occupancy certificate with conditions. The municipality claimed that on the basis of government’s direction, they have issued occupancy certificate to the convention centre after directing to change the position of water tank, incinerator, generator and air conditioner compressor within six months.