Even as the search for its ‘missing’ employees continues, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has begun a search to locate its ‘missing properties’ in the city.
The cash-strapped civic body is now on the lookout for properties owned by them but have been encroached upon, taken over by land mafia or the lease for which has expired.
“We have already begun a survey to identify our properties which are being illegally occupied or encroached upon by people. Our land and estate department is carrying out the survey,” said MCD commissioner K.S. Mehra.
“Once the process is complete, we will prepare a detailed database of our properties for future reference.”
One of the properties the civic agency is trying to take possession of is worth Rs 200 crore. The land is near the Town Hall.
The civic body was supposed to construct a parking lot but got involved in a controversy over the ownership of the land.
“It is just one example. There are a number of properties in prime locations that have been encroached upon or illegally occupied or taken over by the land mafia. The MCD does not maintain any inventory and I have been pressurising them for the past three years to make one. We need to have records of our properties,” said Meera Aggarwal, a councillor from Kohat Enclave, Pitampura.
The civic agency added that hawkers are illegally occupying a lot of their land in areas such as Paharganj and in the Walled City.
It has also managed to identify a piece of land owned by them in Greater Kailash-I, which has been encroached upon by the residents.
“We either don’t have records of such properties or have not taken possession of the land after the lease period got over. Even if we go by the average land value these properties can be worth more than Rs 2,000 crore,” said a senior MCD official.