Amidst cases of illegal construction in the city and increased vigil, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) recently found that it had cleared the layout plan of a 'private plot', portions of which, as it now turns out belongs to the government.
In 2008, the Standing Committee of MCD cleared a proposal to incorporate plot no. 74 at Taimur Nagar in south Delhi in the layout plan of the area.
On Wednesday, members found out that in its records a part of the plot is labeled 'government land' and the entire exercise had been full of loopholes. This has raised questions on the veracity of its officials who deal with the regularisation of plots.
Jai Kishen Sharma, leader of the opposition, has blamed the town planning department for the glitch saying that the recommendations had come from them. The matter came to light after the commissioner wrote a letter to the Standing Committee earlier this month saying that the layout plan submitted is unclear and some of the facts are missing.
"When we went through the proposal that was passed in 2008, we found out that it missed important details such as the name of the applicant, size of the plot and its status," says Jai Kishen Sharma.
He added that without the name of the applicant and the status of the land, it was unlawful for them to present the case. He has requested MCD to book officials who were responsible for bringing the proposal without first checking on the information.
"People feel that MCD political wing sits on a proposal for too long but the delays are caused at the bureaucracy level," he added.
MCD which has been dealing with unauthorised constructions in the city had earlier announced that it will resume its crackdown again after Diwali.