The building collapse in Lalita Park last year has made people sit up and take notice of dangerous buildings in their area. Panic-stricken people are reporting all complaints about dangerous buildings to the MCD. The number of complaints about dangerous buildings received by MCD have risen manifold in the past one year.
MCD officials said that till last year they used to receive three to four such complaints every day from each of the 12 zones, which has now gone up to 10 complaints a day.
On Tuesday, the central zone of MCD, which has most part of south Delhi areas under its jurisdiction, sent stop work notices to five property owners in Greater Kailash I, Friends Colony (east) and CR Park for carrying out digging in their basements without taking proper safety and precautionary measures. "People have become very cautious post Lalita Park building collapse. They immediately report such matters, asking us to take action," said a senior MCD official.
The civic agency receives all kinds of complaints related to dangerous buildings such as old buildings, dilapidated buildings. "People are so panic-stricken that even if the building develops dampness they report it to us. Just after the Lalita Park incident we had received a complaint even at mid-night," added the official.
It is not only east Delhi which has a number of dangerous buildings, but MCD officials have been getting complaints from south Delhi too. MCD's south zone has received complaints about dangerous buildings from Savitri Nagar near Panchsheel Park, Hauz Rani and Yusuf Sarai among others.
The officials of MCD's works department claims it is a difficult task to take action on dangerous buildings as most of them are caught in a tenant owner dispute.
"Many a times we get complaints about dangerous buildings and want to take action. But the tenant refuses to vacate it,' added the official.