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RTI reply reveals MCD 'ignored' police advice

Wonder how and why unauthorised construction proliferates across Delhi, especially in plush areas such as Sainik Farms in south Delhi? Nivedita Khandekar reports.

delhi Updated: Dec 26, 2011 00:36 IST
Nivedita Khandekar

Wonder how and why unauthorised construction proliferates across Delhi, especially in plush areas such as Sainik Farms in south Delhi?

Replies to an RTI application reveal that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) hardly takes cognisance of information about unauthorised construction sent by Delhi Police. Acting on a complaint, the Central Information Commissioner (CIC) has now directed the MCD to inquire into unauthorised constructions in Sainik Farms area.

Delhi resident RH Bansal had asked MCD several questions under the RTI Act related to construction in Sainik Farms. It included a list of ongoing constructions and action taken by the MCD. Despite admitting that the Delhi High Court has banned construction in Sainik Farms, the MCD, however, maintained there is no construction going on.

Not satisfied, Bansal approached the CIC. At a recent hearing, he pointed out the possible "collusion of MCD officials with those indulging in illegal and unauthorised construction" and produced a list of 120 such properties about which Delhi police had communicated to the MCD.

MCD director (press and information) YS Mann said, "We are conducting an inquiry as directed by the CIC."