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Civic body threat yields results, owners demolish illegal building

The demolition of the illegal portion of a controversial building on Plot 15, New Colony has begun. Senior deputy mayor Yashpal Batra, whose wife Madhu Batra is one of five owners of the underconstruction building, said on Thursday that he would be monitoring the demolition work.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2012 01:03 IST
Dhananjay Jha

The demolition of the illegal portion of a controversial building on Plot 15, New Colony has begun. Senior deputy mayor Yashpal Batra, whose wife Madhu Batra is one of five owners of the underconstruction building, said on Thursday that he would be monitoring the demolition work.

The enforcement wing of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) had to face strong resistance from the owners and their supporters on Monday when it reached the site to raze the unauthorised structure.

Later, the owners of the property in question had given a written undertaking to the civic body that they would voluntarily demolish the illegal portion in four days. The owners had set February 17 as deadline, but they started demolishing the unauthorised portion on Wednesday itself.

"We will remove the illegal portion entirely as per our commitment in the affidavit," said Yashpal Batra, who had termed the MCG action politically-motivated.

The issue has unleashed a political war between the two factions of the Congress.

MCG officials said the owners of the property had taken permission for building a residential complex but were building a hotel. According to MCG officials, all the five owners had got their plan sanctioned separately from the civic body but later they joined hands to construct a commercial building in violation of the rules.

However, MCG has refuted the allegations that the action was politically-motivated. On February 13, MCG commissioner Sudhir Rajpal had told HT that he had issued notices to all unapproved buildings. "We are not biased. All unapproved buildings will be treated equally," the MCG commissioner had said.

The civic body has identified 401 illegal buildings. Out of these, hearing had taken place in 117 cases. The civic body had already demolished a property. As far as rest of the cases is concerned, the civic body is awaiting order from the MCG commissioner, said an official.

"In 117 cases, our department has already sent notices to their owners," said MCG chief engineer BS Singroha, refusing to comment why action has not been initiated against them.