The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has finally woken up to the threat posed by the partially demolished malls on MG Road. Apart of being a safety hazard for road users, these structures are used by anti-social elements at night.
One month from now, the four malls would be demolished completely by the civic body. According to the civic body, they have procured new equipment to carry out the demolition of MG 1, MG 2, MG 10 and MG 13 malls.
“We will carry out the demolition of the MG road malls that were earlier partially demolished for being unauthorised. We have procured new equipment to carry out the demolition in a proper manner,” said MCD Commissioner KS Mehra.
Shopkeepers operating in the area have always been wary of the partially demolished showrooms as parts of the building are still hanging out dangerously. According to the MCD commissioner, tracked excavators, 12 front loaders, 24 excavators-cum-loaders and six MMVS for removal of material have been procured for the final demolition.
There are a number of houses and shops behind these malls, but the civic body is confident that no harm would done to them. “The MCD engineers will make it sure that only the property that needs to be demolished is affected and not the others. Proper care will be taken by the MCD demolition squad,” said Mehra.
The legislative wing of the civic body, however, feels that the owners should be asked to demolish the malls themselves rather than the MCD doing the job.
“Why should the MCD spend so much money and energy into demolishing these malls? It will make more sense if the owners of these malls are asked to demolish it themselves, in case they fail to do so, then the MCD can carry out the work. The land status of these malls have also changed after the Delhi Special Laws Act came into force,” said Vijendra Gupta, chairman of the standing committee of the MCD.
Following the notification of the National Capital of Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act 2007 on January 30, 2008, nearly 190 shops were de-sealed by the MCD on MG Road. However, the once swanky showrooms and malls did not get any relief.