After acting against illegal constructions in residential colonies, the demolition squad of MCD has launched a drive to raze illegally built portions in Delhi Development Authority (DDA) flats.
According to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), a number of flat owners have illegally carried out massive constructions within their flats.
On Wednesday, the building department of the Central Zone took action against six flats and demolished various illegal extensions and additions carried out by the owners in Sarita Vihar. The civic agency said in the coming few days it will take action against more DDA flats, including Vasant Kunj, Vasant Vihar, Dwarka, Munirka among others. In Sarita Vihar, there are 10,000 DDA flats and MCD officials said a majority of them have carried out illegal construction.
“To create more space within their flats a number of owners end up carrying out illegal construction. There is a policy under which the owners can carry out certain alterations and additions within the flats. For that, one needs to take clearance form the MCD and that is given only after ensuring that the owner meets all the requirements. In the past few months, the building department has taken action against 11 flats in Sarita Vihar,” said Deep Mathur, director, press and information, MCD.
The civic agency will continue the demolition drive throughout this week.
“Owners can contact the zonal office of the MCD and apply for regularisation to ensure that demolition is not carried out within their flats,” added the official.
Action was initiated against six flats by the building department with the help of local police.
In all the 10,000 flats in Sarita Vihar, MCD officials said, space has been earmarked for a courtyard and a balcony. However, people have covered the courtyard area as well as the balcony to create additional space over a period of time. Even though a policy exists under which courtyard and balcony can be covered to create more space, the owners need to take permission from all other flat owners for such alterations.
“As they are unable to get permission, they illegally carry out construction and we have now started taking action against them,” added the official.