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Fight against illegal institutes goes online

delhi Updated: May 23, 2011 00:58 IST
Neelam Pandey
Neelam Pandey
Hindustan Times
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Failing to get their complaints addressed even after making numerous rounds of MCD offices, residents of South Extension Part 1 have taken to Facebook to air their concerns.

They have been claiming that a number of coaching centres have been operating from the residential area illegally. Their presence often leads to traffic jams and reduces the walking space.

According to them, while the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee had directed MCD to seal all such premises, the civic agency has still not taken any action so far due to political pressure.

Angry over MCD’s poor response, the residents have come together and created a group on Facebook called ‘Nexus between illegal coaching institutes and MCD Standing Committee’. There are close to 1,000 members in the group, who have also posted pictures of coaching centres that have encroached upon public land.

“The monitoring committee had given clear directions that these institutes have been running illegally and should be sealed. However, till date the MCD has taken no action. That is why we decided to create the group to ensure action is taken. We hope this will have some effect,” said a resident of South Extension 1, who did not wish to be named.

They have also written a letter to Delhi’s Lt. Governor, asking him to intervene in the matter. “This is to bring to your notice that the MCD standing committee is misleading you by distorting the facts. The illegal computer and coaching institutes are causing a lot of civic problems to the people and the Supreme Court monitoring committee has directed the MCD to seal these. The institutes are creating havoc for the common residents of the colony (sic),” reads the letter.

MCD officials too claim that under the Master Plan of Delhi 2021, coaching centres can only run from residential areas if they have 18-feet wide road outside the premises. However, the coaching and training institutes in South Extension do not meet that criterion. The officials said that they have written a letter to the Lt. Governor who will now take a final decision on sealing the institutes.