Two illegally constructed properties, reportedly belonging to a Congress MLA, faced the civic agency’s axe on Wednesday.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) demolished nine properties, including a floor of the house of Congress MLA Tarvinder Singh Marwah, as part of its demolition drive against unauthorised constructions in Central and South zones.
The nine properties were in areas like Pulpehladpur, Sangam Vihar, Hari Nagar Ashram and Govindpuri.
Sources in the MCD said the demolished properties included the third floor of the house of Jangpura MLA Tarvinder Singh Marwah in Hari Nagar Ashram.
When contacted for his comments, Marwah denied that the house belonged to him.
“It’s not my property. Let the MCD show documents to prove that it is mine. I don’t wish to say anything else,” the MLA said.
A senior MCD official said, “The demolition drive is an ongoing process and was intensified by the building department of the Central zone on Tuesday.”
“It was observed that some unscrupulous builders indulging in unauthorised constructions have been luring people under the garb of giving them extra coverage or floor area ratio (FAR) but once the final deal is struck, they disappear from the scene,” he added.
The official alleged that the MLA has also been "threatening" MCD officials against carrying out demolitions. Despite repeated calls to the MLA’s phone, he couldn't be contacted to get his version on the allegation.
Since this January, the MCD's central zone has demolished 230 properties that had unauthorised construction. In April alone, the department has taken action on 60 properties.
On Wednesday, the MCD Shahdara North Zone demolished three unauthorised properties in Ram Nagar, Ashok Nagar and Mohanpuri in compliance with a court order.
The demolition drive will be further intensified in the coming days.