ATR sought on illegal construction in Chandni Chowk

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today sought action taken report from MCD on a plea accusing the civic agency of failing to prevent rampant illegal constructions made by builders in collusion with its officials in Chandni Chowk area.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw directed MCD to file the action taken report and also the status about the properties by January 25.

The court's order came after the MCD counsel alleged the petitioner has failed to properly verify the status of the properties before choosing 147 houses.

He claimed action has been initiated against five properties for illegal construction but at least 50 houses do not require any action as they have not violated any norm.

The lawyer also said the civic body had conducted a survey which found that many houses were built before the DMC Act came into force.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a Chandni Chowk resident Naval Kishore Gupta through advocate Sanjeev Shabharwal alleging illegal constructions have been going on in the area in connivance with MCD officials.