235 W. Demolition or alteration of building works unlawfully commenced, carrying on or completed

  1. Where the Secretary is satisfied that –
    1. the construction, or reconstruction or alteration of any building -
      1. has been commenced without obtaining the permission of the Secretary or in contravention of the decision of the village panchayat; or
      2. is being carried on, or has been completed otherwise than in accordance with the plans specifications, or information on which such permission or decision was based; or
      3. is being carried on, or has been completed in contravention of any of the provisions of this Act or any rule or bye-law or order made or issued there under or any direction or requisition lawfully given or made under this Act, such rule, bye-law or order; or
    2. any alteration required by notice issued under section 235 N, has not been duly made; or
    3. any alteration of or addition to any building or any other work made or done for any purpose in or upon any building has been commenced or is being carried on or has been completed in contravention of the provisions of section 235 V, he may make a provisional order requiring the owner or the persons for whom the work is done, to demolish the work done, or any part of it as, in the opinion of the Secretary, has been
      unlawfully executed or to make such alteration as may be necessary to bring the work in conformity with the provisions of this Act, bye-laws, rules, direction, order or requisition as aforesaid, or with the plans and specifications on which such permission or decision was based, and may also direct that until the said order is complied with, the owner or such person shall refrain from proceeding with the work

      Provided that the Secretary may, on realisation of a compounding fee as may be fixed by government, regularise any construction, re-construction, or alteration of the building, commenced, carried on or completed, without getting a plan approved by the Secretary or in deviation of the plan approved by him, if such construction or alteration of the building does not contravene any of the criteria or specifications mentioned in the Act or the rules made there under.
  2. The Secretary shall serve a copy of the provisional order made under sub-section (1) on the owner or the persons for whom such work is done together with a notice requiring him to show cause with in a reasonable time, to be specified in such notice, why the order should not be confirmed.
  3. where the owner or the person for whom the work is done fails to show cause to the satisfaction of the Secretary, the Secretary may confirm the order or modify the order to such an extent as he may think fit to make and such order shall then be binding on the owner or the person for whom the work is done and on the failure to comply with the order, the Secretary may himself cause the building or part thereof, demolished, as the
    case may be, and expenses thereof shall be recoverable from the owner or such person.
  4. Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (2) or sub-section (3), prosecution proceedings may be initiated against the owner or the person for whom the work is done.
  5. Where the Government is satisfied that the construction, re-construction or alteration of any building has been carried out in violation of any of the provisions of this Act or any rule made there under or any direction lawfully given by the Government or Secretary, the Government may direct the Secretary of the Village Panchayat to cause the demolition of such construction, re-construction or alteration and if such direction is not complied within the time limit specified in such direction, the Government may arrange its demolition and the cost there of shall be recovered from the Village Panchayat.