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Drive to clean-up Delhi will continue: MCD

In the biggest ever demolition drive in Delhi, the civic authorities have pulled down 904 buildings in the last 39 days.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2006 10:59 IST

Municipal authorities say the "clean-up" operation against illegal constructions in the capital would continue "uninterrupted" till the target of 18,271 was reached.

Theauthorities claim there was no political interference in their work.

"Though there is a lot of protests from citizens, politicians and traders, the effort is to obey the honourable court's order and clean the city of the illegal structures," said Ajay Kumar, deputy commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

"It's a court order and as a responsible organisation, the civic body only follows its direction.

"The media has exposed some of the politicians for flouting building bylaws but we are in no way under pressure from the political fraternity," Kumar said.

"Demolition of the illegal structures will continue uninterrupted till action is taken against the specified number of buildings."

In the biggest ever demolition drive in Delhi, the civic authorities have pulled down 904 buildings in the last 39 days.

On December 14, the Delhi High Court had asked MCD to clean the city of the 18,271 illegal buildings and structures sanctioned as residential buildings but being used for commercial purposes.

Kumar said the MCD has also served notices to politicians for constructing illegal structures following a directed from the court.

"The MCD has already sent notice to the politicians flouting building bylaws and on Jan 30, the civic body is calling a special house to debate on it and prepare the action taken report to be submitted the next day," an MCD source said.

The civic body is also planning to roll its bulldozers over the commercial structures in the village areas of the national capital.

Delhi has around 300 villages of which 135 have been commercialised.

"We are awaiting the written order of the court. We will initiate action as soon as it reaches us," the deputy commissioner said.

To retain the faith of the public, the civic body has started taking action against engineers who took bribes and facilitated the construction of illegal structures in the last four-five years.

"We are scrutinising the records of the engineers. Action has already been initiated against around 100 and the process is on to penalise the other guilty engineers," Pradeep Srivastava, chief vigilance officer of MCD, said, but refused to give details of the punishment.

According to MCD sources, there are around 950 tainted engineers and action may be initiated against all of them, which would range from monetary penalty to being suspended from job.

First Published: Jan 25, 2006 10:59 IST