Intensifying its drive against illegal construction, the MCD took sealing and demolition action against 71 properties on Friday. According to the civic agency, the special drive was undertaken in the west, central and Rohini zones.
Out of the 71 properties where action was taken, the civic agency also demolished the illegally constructed fourth floor of a school in south Delhi’s Sangam Vihar.
“They had started the construction a few days back and were constructing 3-4 classrooms. We have demolished the entire fourth floor,” said a senior MCD official.
The demolition and sealing action was carried out by the MCD’s building department with the help of local police.
The civic agency faced a lot of resistance from the residents. “The action continued despite stiff resistance from the local people and elected representatives,” added the official.
Among the areas where the illegal constructions were targeted were GK Enclave I, New Moti Nagar, Subhash Nagar, Rajouri Garden, Kirti Nagar, Paschim Vihar, Sham Nagar, Hari Nagar, Uttam Nagar, Krishna Park, Nihal Vihar, Okhla Industrial Area, South Extension and Shakurpur JJ colony.
Action was taken on residential properties including DDA flats where the owners had illegally constructed additional rooms which are not allowed.
The central zone of the civic agency is also going to conduct a survey of the entire market to ascertain if illegal construction is being carried out and if the rules of Master Plan 2021 are being violated.
The properties that are found to be in violation of the norms will be sealed. According to the civic agency, its Central zone has already uploaded the details of all those properties that have been booked for illegal construction. “Before buying a property every buyer should check out the website to ensure that they don’t end up buying properties which have carried out illegal construction,” added the official.
The civic body had been under fire over rampant growth of unauthorised constructions in the city after a building with illegal floors collapsed in east Delhi in November last year, killing 71 people. Since then, it has undertaken regular drives to demolish illegal structures across the city.