North Delhi Municipal Corporation is all set to demolish unauthorised constructions in Old Delhi.
According to sources, Commissioner of north corporation PK Gupta passed the order to start the demolition process on Saturday. Usually, demolition teams of the municipal corporation spare the City zone consisting of Chandni Chowk and Daryaganj because the lanes are too narrow for demolition vehicles to ply. The houses are also tightly packed, which makes it difficult to demolish an unauthorised building without harming the adjoining house.
However, in view of the complaints coming from the area about unauthorised constructions, the corporation has decided to act.
"To overcome the problem of narrow lanes, we will seal those premises which cannot be demolished. The commissioner said that unauthorised construction must either be removed or sealed. He also warned that action will be taken against those who do not comply with the orders," said a senior official of the north body.
The decision comes after several building collapses were reported from the city due to unauthorised construction. In September 2011, a building in Chandni Mahal had collapsed, killing seven people.
The city zone is also known for its old buildings, many of which are structurally unsafe. To tackle them, the corporation is conducting a survey to identify the structures and ask the residents to carry out retro fitting to strengthen them.
Taking a cue from its north counterpart, the East Corporation too has decided to conduct surprise visits from next week to check sanitation and unauthorised construction. At present, the commissioner's office intimates areas where visits are scheduled.