SC slams Govt on East Delhi building collapse

SC slammed govt for the Laxmi Nagar building tragedy in which over 70 persons were killed, saying such mishaps were occurring due to "illegal" and "illogical" policies adopted by the authorities.

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2010, 22:22 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday slammed
the government for the Laxmi Nagar building tragedy in which
over 70 persons were killed, saying such mishaps were
occurring due to "illegal" and "illogical" policies adopted
by the authorities.

"The illogical and illegal policies are only
motivating people to raise extra floors resulting in such
tragedies," a three-judge bench of Justices V S Sirpurkar, G S
Singhvi and P Sathasivam observed.

The apex court made the observation after amicus
curiae and senior counsel Ranjit Kumar submitted during the
hearing of the property sealing case that such tragedies were
occuring due to the "lop sided" policies adopted by the
Government and assailed the 2021 Master Plan for Delhi.

"There is no adequate space for parking even for
two storied constructions. But you are allowing people
to raise additional floors," the bench said, fuming at the
government.

However, in response to a query from the bench,
MCD`s counsel Sanjib Sen said that the corporation was
only an implementing agency and had no role in drafting
the MPD or other related issues.

PTI