Demolition imbroglio: Sheila convenes meeting
The meeting is being convened amid fears expressed over the future of the efforts to find amicable solution to the problem.india Updated: Jan 14, 2006 16:46 IST
As the next date of hearing in the Delhi High Court on unauthorised constructions in the Capital drew closer, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has convened a meeting of a high-powered panel to find a long-term redressal of the issue.
The meeting of the panel, set-up by the city government, is being convened amid fears expressed over the future of the efforts to find amicable solution to the problem in view of CM's reported "unhappiness" with Delhi Mayor Satbir Singh's criticism of her "interference" in the demolition issue.
On Friday, the party's efforts to seek a solution to the issue appeared to have hit a roadblock with a member of the panel claiming that the meeting was cancelled on Friday evening due to the chief minister's unhappiness over the Mayor's remarks.
However, official sources said the meeting was postponed due to administrative reasons.
In Sunday's meeting civic officials and planning experts would be presenting the results of the surveys they were asked to carry out to get an idea of the magnitude of the problem of illegal constructions in the city.
In the earlier meeting of the panel, the officials had reportedly presented statistics showing that as much as 70 per cent of Delhi's buildings had illegal constructions.
Besides Dikshit, Union Minister Kapil Sibal, Delhi Urban Development Minister AK Walia and DPCC Chief Ram Babu Sharma are members of the panel, which was formed to coordinate between the Centre, the State government and MCD to find a long-term solution to the problem of unauthorised constructions.