Corruption is the foundation for the Delhi building collapse
With reference to the report (Killer building made from junk, November 18), it is strange that the MCD officers were unaware of the quality of the material used when the building at Delhi's Lalita Park was being constructed. Experience suggests that the supervising engineers of the MCD must have looked the other way in lieu of bribes. Rampant corruption is the root cause of such mishaps and the supervising engineers should be booked for the death of 67 people.
Vijay Puri, Indore
The magnitude of the heart-rending tragedy in east Delhi emphasises the danger of unplanned construction activities. The MCD-builder nexus has much to answer for, especially in subverting basic building guidelines. There is also an accountability deficit. Unfortunately, the poor and marginalised end up bearing the brunt and no lessons are ever learnt from successive tragedies.
Ashish Rai, via email
With reference to your editorial (And they all fall down, Our Take, November 17), corruption is not the only factor responsible for illegal buildings. Politicians and social activists must also share the blame. After the widespread demolition of illegal constructions by Sanjay Gandhi during 1975-76, the Janata Party regularised all construction up to 1977. The cut-off has been periodically extended by successive governments to pander to vote banks. It is naïve to expect corrective measures from the same people who have promoted, nurtured and protected these illegal structures.
W D Morrison, Delhi