LDA apes Delhi counterpart but no CBI probe, please! | india | Hindustan Times
Today in New Delhi, India
Oct 21, 2017-Saturday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

LDA apes Delhi counterpart but no CBI probe, please!

AT THE risk of inviting the ire of their political masters, the bosses in Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) these days seem to be drawing inspiration from New Delhi. They have warned the owners of unauthorised constructions of meeting a similar fate as their counterparts in the country?s Capital, who are at the receiving end of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) bulldozers. ?The LDA and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) were established on the same lines.

india Updated: May 14, 2006 00:18 IST

AT THE risk of inviting the ire of their political masters, the bosses in Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) these days seem to be drawing inspiration from New Delhi. They have warned the owners of unauthorised constructions of meeting a similar fate as their counterparts in the country’s Capital, who are at the receiving end of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) bulldozers. 

“The LDA and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) were established on the same lines. As such the Supreme Court guidelines to the DDA vis-à-vis illegal constructions also apply to it,” warns the public notice put out by the development agency to the erring builders. Much as it’s (LDA’s) mandarins would have us believe, the similarity, if any, ends here. And the bosses know it.

For unlike the MCD, which is under the CBI scanner thanks to a Delhi High Court order, the development agency can ill-afford to have a similar probe being ordered against the officials of its Enforcement Wing. Here it is pertinent to mention that 17 executive engineers in MCD have already been placed under suspension and the Delhi High Court has ordered a CBI probe into the alleged nexus between the MCD engineers, officials and their political masters. Besides, a preliminary inquiry has also been ordered against 96 other MCD officials.

Obviously, accountability is a term unheard of by the engineers of the Enforcement Section of the LDA. Or, how else would the so-called regulator of city’s development justify its self-induced inertia and inability to put a check on this illegal construction activity. Enough is enough. Tell your bosses we will not take it anymore and they will have to face the consequences, observed the Delhi High Court when it ordered the CBI to constitute a special task force to probe charges against MCD engineers.  

LDA’s maxim, however, seems to be, the more, the merrier! Sample this. In December 2004, the LDA had published a similar list containing the names of 134 owners of illegal structures and warned them of similar consequences, if they did not pull down their unauthorised constructions voluntarily within 10 days. The list was again published in January the next year. In the intervening interregnum, the number of such illegal constructions/buildings has shot over 300 by LDA’s own estimate.

Not surprising therefore, the development authority’s demolition diktats have a feeling of deja vu about them. Yes, the civic agency may have brushed the dust off the files related to unauthorised multi-storied buildings in the city such pronouncements by it in the past have always rung hollow in the long run.