Real Estate developer, in a rare case, is sued by Wakf Board for damaging Wakf Board’s property. Realizing that a real estate firm has encroached upon their property , Wakf Board has decided to file a case against the developer. Wakf properties in Lakdi-ka-pul has been encroached by a developer. The issue started with the builder acquiring Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) for developing his commercial project. The base of the case begins with GHMC sanctioning a real estate firm to construct a His commercial structure was to be developed next to Mumtaz Mansion in Lakdi-ka-pul. The builder was granted permission by the GHMC for constructing a G+4 commercial building of 2125 sq. m. Gaining the permission, builder soon started foundation works at the site. Later it came to the light of the Wakf Board that some graves were damaged during the foundation works. The board reported this to the chief minister. This prompted the board to carry out an inspection in which the board came to know that 621 sq. m. of their property has been infringed by the real estate developer. Some graves and land area, belonged to a mosque, were included in the infringed property. GHMC, once the matter was brought to their front in September, inspected the site and started enquiring against the builder. The officials asked the builders to clarify the matter. As he failed to clarify the matter the Corporation cancelled the permission of the building. Later the Municipal commissioner revealed that the developer gained permissions through fraud ways. The official blamed the developer for submitting different plans in front of the officials for obtaining the approval. One of the builder’s master- plans included the graveyard, while the other missed it. The memorial site was included in the first plan while the latter plan did not contain it. Officials of Wakf Board stated that many of their land parcels are encroached. Yet they said that they were really surprised to see encroachment right in front of them. The board officials lamented that in many of the cases the encroachment comes to their notice only once the construction gets over. However they feel happy at least here the encroachment came to their notice before the completion of the building. The board officials said that they will ask for compensation from the builder.
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