Since `07, 533 MCD men faced action over illegal construction

In 3 years since 2007 and the current year upto November 15, a total of 8,030 complaints had been received by MCD regarding unauthorised constructions.

New Delhi: Since 2007, action has been
initiated against over 530 officials of Municipal Corporation
of Delhi for their alleged involvement in allowing illegal
constructions, an issue on which the civic body faced much
flak after a recent building collapse here killed 70 people.

In 3 years since 2007 and the current year upto
November 15, a total of 8,030 complaints had been received by
MCD regarding unauthorised constructions. On the basis of
gravity of allegations, 357 of them were taken up for
investigation by the Vigilance Department of the MCD.

Among the 357 cases, investigation have been completed in
half of them -- 170 -- and 533 officials were proceeded
against for departmental action, as per latest official
figures.

One employee of MCD City Zone has been dismissed from
service during this period for involvement in allowing illegal
constructions.

According to the figures, among the officials against
whom action was initiated, the highest 78 are from Civil Lines
Zone followed by South Zone (66) and Shahdara South Zone (65).

Lalita Park falls under Shahdara South Zone.

The issue of unchecked growth of illegal construction in
the capital has come under scanner after a multi-storeyed
building having two illegal floors collapsed in Lalita Park in
Laxmi Nagar here on the night of November 15.

Delhi government has blamed the corporation for the
failure to prevent unauthorised constructions while the
opposition Congress in MCD has alleged that local-level
officials of the civic body take bribes to allow unauthorised
constructions.

"They have a rate chart like a hotel menu...the bribe
amount increases according to height of the building," Leader
of Opposition in MCD J K Sharma alleged.

Ruling BJP councillor Jagdish Mamgain also said he has
long been raising the issue of alleged corruption in the MCD
Building Department.

Municipal Commissioner K S Mehra had recently said
whenever there is a complaint about unauthorised constructions
against any official, the MCD initiates departmental inquiry
or other necessary action. "No general statement should be
made about corruption in Building Department."

Officials said during the ongoing survey being undertaken
by the MCD, the height of buildings in approved, unauthorised
and unauthorised regularised residential colonies will be
checked.

In many areas, structures of over 15 m in height are
not allowed according to Master Plan for Delhi and buildings
which have been constructed violating this norm may face
action, including demolition of unauthorised floors.

PTI

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