As the MCD is unable to carry out demolition due to lack of police force, the builder mafia is on an illegal construction spree this festive season.
Senior MCD officials said that they have been sending requisition to the Delhi Police to provide security while they carry out the demolition drive. However, most of their requests have been turned down by the police, who are busy making security arrangements in the city for the festivals.Even in cases where MCD has booked properties for illegal construction, they have not been able to take action due to non-availability of police force.
“In south Delhi’s Kishan Garh, we had sent a request to the Delhi Police to provide us security. This action was being carried out on the directions of the Special Task Force, which overlooks cases of illegal construction in the city. For the past two month’s, they had been making excuses. In the latest correspondence they said they need to maintain law and order with so many festivals going on,” said a senior MCD official.
Though MCD has been unable to take action but complaints regarding illegal construction have been spiralling. On an average, the civic agency’s zonal departments have been receiving 20 complaints per day.
“Sometimes, when they do provide security, it is highly inadequate and rather than commissioning them for the entire day, the force is given only for a few hours. Demolition is a sensitive matter as residents of the area oppose it. Taking action also requires at least seven hours,” added the official.
“There was one demolition in Vasant Kunj today and we sent force there. We have limited resources as the festive season is on but we are trying to cooperate with other agencies,” said Chhaya Sharma, DCP (south).
According to sources, the MCD claims that politicians are also trying to ensure that demolition is not carried out ahead of municipal elections that are due in April 2012. “To appease voters, they are putting pressure on us not to undertake massive demolition and sealing action,” said an official.