Two months after a building collapse in Chandni Chowk claimed eight lives, the Delhi high court on Wednesday sought a status report from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on the action taken against unauthorised constructions in the area.
Lawyer Sanjeev Sabharwal had accused the civic body of doing nothing to prevent the illegal constructions being carried out by builders in collusion with its officials in the area.
A Bench headed by acting chief justice AK Sikri has directed MCD to file the action-taken report and the status about the properties by January 25, 2012. The court’s order came after MCD counsel Ajay Arora alleged that the petitioner had failed to properly verify the status of the properties before choosing 147 houses.
He said the action had been initiated against five properties for illegal construction, but at least 50 houses did not require any action as they have not violated norms.