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Experts want court panel back to track demolition

If the Municipal Corporation of Delhi had kept its promise, experts believe Laxmi Nagar building collapse could have been averted.

delhi Updated: Nov 16, 2010 23:58 IST

If the Municipal Corporation of Delhi had kept its promise, experts believe Laxmi Nagar building collapse could have been averted.

The MCD, in 2008, had told the Delhi High Court it would keep a strict check on illegal constructions across the city.

On this condition, the court had disbanded its own monitoring committee and panel of 10 court commissioners that oversaw the MCD's demolition drive for two years. A nodal steering committee of the civic agency then replaced the court-appointed panel.

BL Vohra, a former IPS officer who was a member of the court-appointed monitoring committee, said: "(It is) high time a court-appointed panel is restored. After it was disbanded, the unauthorised constructions have come back with a vengeance."

When the court-appointed committee oversaw the demolition, public land worth Rs 7,400 crore was retrieved.

Monday's incident has, however, put the MCD's committee under the scanner. This, after the Delhi High Court recently slammed the MCD for going soft on building encroachments in east Delhi. Justice SN Dhingra had accused MCD of doing nothing and filing false compliance reports in court.

"In the name of action, small portion of the unauthorised construction is damaged... and a report is submitted ... by the MCD that action is taken. The damaged portion is later on conveniently repaired by the persons who put unauthorised construction," Dhingra had said.

RWAs Demand CBI probe
On Tuesday, resident welfare associations (RWAs) in east Delhi demanded CBI probe into all illegal buildings coming up in the area, and also the functioning of MCD.