The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has been forced to delay action against buildings marked as 'unsafe' in the Lalita Park area.
The civic body has extended its own eviction notice to 38 buildings in the area from 24 hours to three days now. Sources said the demolition of two buildings, N-118A and N-86 located adjacent to the building that collapsed, will not be carried out on Friday.
People in the Lalita Park area, who have been served notices, are against moving out of their homes. Sources said there is opposition from residents. "My building is safe. Why should I move out of it? Where will we go if they remove us from our houses?" said Ranbir Singh, a resident of Lalita Park.
People evicted from the two buildings alleged that they have not been rehabilitated properly. "We have no permanent place to stay. Most of our household items have been destroyed in the rains or lost in shifting. How will we survive like this?" said Mohammad Shoaib.
"People are reluctant to move out. We have now given them 72 hours to vacate their houses. If they fail to do so, we will seal the buildings," said Yogender Chandolia, chairman, MCD standing committee.
MCD commissioner KS Mehra said according to Lt Governor's directions, the MCD will also conduct a survey in collaboration with Central Building Research Institute to find out if repair is required in certain buildings to make them structurally safe.
He said the exercise of detecting such buildings will start from east Delhi and later be extended to other areas.
Asked about Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi lodging an FIR with police and writing to him, highlighting the issue of illegal construction, Mehra said "action is going on" on the list of illegal buildings furnished by Gandhi.
Mehra also said the MCD is yet to form the panel of structural engineers it had announced to detect unsafe buildings after a house collapse in Brahmapuri in east Delhi in July, the MCD is yet to do so.
"We tried to form such a panel but it got delayed as there was limited response. We did not get enough qualified people. It will be formed soon," he said.
He has also directed officials to conduct a survey in the radius of 300m of the riverbed to find out if there are other buildings affected by stagnation or floodwater seepage.