In a crackdown on illegally constructed properties, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi razed nine structures in and around Mukherjee Nagar area in north Delhi on Tuesday.
The building department of the Civil Lines zone of the MCD demolished unauthorised constructions in areas such as Suraj Nagar, Burari, Wazirabad, Nehru Vihar, Jehangirpuri and Mahendra Park.
In a few instances, the civic agency demolished one or more illegal floors, while in others,
the entire structure was brought down.
According to the provisions of Master Plan 2021, building plans allow construction only up to third floor.
“The demolition drive was aimed at exposing those builders, who swindle innocent people ostensibly for getting them cheaper houses. The drive will continue in the coming days, wherein builders’ illegal properties will be targeted,” said a senior MCD official.
Last week, too, the building department had demolished 16 illegal structures.
The civic body’s action comes in the wake of a building collapse incident in the Laxmi Nagar area a fortnight ago that killed more than 70 people.
The MCD has since then received severe criticism about rampant illegal construction across the city, and has intensified its drive against such illegal structures.
On Monday, the MCD and the Delhi Police evacuated an illegal structure in east Delhi area and later sealed it. The structure had a visible tilt and had become a hazard to nearby buildings. The civic agency will decide next week whether to raze it or strengthen it.