North, East MCDs on special demolition drive

 After the recent collapse of a six-storeyed building in Vishnu Garden area, North and East MCDs have initiated a special drive against constructions which are in violation of the orders of the Delhi government. The drive comes as an effort to put an end to the increasing menace of unauthorised constructions in residential and commercial areas of the national Capital that face the constant risk of traumatic life disruption and displacement.

Officials of the Corporation said that there is an immediate need for the civic Corporations to put an end to the menace of illegal constructions. The incident of Vishnu Garden has brought this practice to the notice of the authorities and has put Municipal agencies in <g data-gr-id="32">bad</g> light. “We have thus decided to begin a crackdown on the menace of illegal constructions in a bid to stop this malpractice, said an official.

The building collapse of Vishnu Garden has exposed the business of illegitimate constructions flourishing right under the Corporations’ nose. While the officials have said that an additional construction was made to the fifth floor by the owner of the building, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) is trying to wash its hands off by passing on the buck to the Delhi Government run-Delhi Jal Board (DJB) for installing the sewer line that made the foundation of the building weak.

The numbers of illegal constructions in the buildings have risen recently, especially in the North and East zone. The illegal constructions do not have approved building plans; therefore the project is replete with many risks.

Around nine property owners have already been fined in the drive. Areas like Pandav Nagar, Patparganj Village, Gyan Kunj and Priyadarshini Vihar have been fined. In addition to this, seven property owners have been issued show-cause notices to appear before the court for not depositing the challan amount. 

A total of 53 challans <g data-gr-id="28">have</g> been issued for flouting the orders of the Delhi government. However, only 14 violators have deposited the fine amounting to Rs 7 lakh. 
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