Delhi Lieutenant-governor Tejendra Khanna has asked the building department of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to again review the flats in the Commonwealth Games Village for unauthorised construction before issuing a completion certificate.
DDA had alleged that the project developer of the Games Village, Emaar MGF, in a breach of agreement, had carried out excess coverage in the flats. DDA had selected Emaar MGF as the developer of the Games Village project on a public-private partnership (PPP) mode, to house 8,000 athletes and Games officials.
After hearing both DDA and Emaar MGF, Khanna, who is also the DDA chairman, observed that the land development authority "is wearing two hats", one of the partner in project development and other of the regulator for proper enforcement of the Master Plan of Delhi and building bye-laws.
Khanna has asked DDA to ascertain whether the construction of the 1,168 flats in the Village are as per the sanctioned plan or are within the overall ambit of MPD 2021 and unified building bye-laws, which are in force in the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
DDA has also said that some of the flats in the residential complex constructed on stilts are unsafe and not likely to be fit for habitation due to heavy floods in the months of August and September. Khanna has asked DDA's joint director (building) to verify the matter and take decision on the issue of completion certificate based on merit.
He has also said that if DDA finds deviation in the construction that is beyond compounding or regularisation, it can take appropriate action as per law.
DDA had recently sent a proposal to the urban development ministry saying that four of the 34 towers in the residential complex be sealed to take care of the extra coverage of floor area ratio.
This would have helped in the quick disposal of the rest of the flats in other towers.