After dilly-dallying for days, the demolition squad of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) finally took action against dangerous portions of Chandni Mahal on Monday.
“With a view to ensure safety of the residents, the building department of City zone carried out demolition of the dangerous portions. Action was taken in three buildings in Chandni Mahal,” said Deep Mathur, director press and information, MCD.
The civic agency would continue with its demolition drive and identifying other dangerous and illegal buildings in the area.
An old building on plot No. 833 had collapsed in Old Delhi’s Chandni Mahal on September 27 which killed seven people. Twenty-three people were injured in the incident. “The dangerous portions of property No. 833 were demolished on the first and second floors,” said a senior MCD official.
In addition to this, the civic agency demolished dangerous portions of property No. 838 as well. “Also, dangerous portions of property No. 832 were demolished on the ground and at the first floor. We will continue to take action against other such illegal constructions,” added the official. The civic agency was delaying the demolition work claiming they did not have adequate police force to accompany them for security.
The MCD on Monday reshuffled its senior rung officials and also transferred City zone deputy commissioner Krishna Kumar to West zone. Chandni Mahal falls in the City zone and it was alleged that the MCD officials turned a blind eye to illegal constructions in the area which resulted in the collapse. Subhash Chadra, the deputy commissioner of Rohini zone, will take charge as the deputy commissioner of City zone. Deep Mathur, director (PR), MCD has, however, said that these are routine transfers and are not linked to the collapse.
The MCD, however, has failed to submit the final report on the Chandni Mahal collapse as promised on Monday.