Civic bodies find it hard to stop constructions in Delhi's unauthorised colonies

An unauthorised colony
By Praveen Dwivedi
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Posted: Apr 29, 2018

The three municipal corporations of the national capital - NDMC, SDMC and EDMC have claimed that they face various hurdles while trying to comply with the Supreme Court’s directive to stop constructions in unauthorised colonies of Delhi as the locals and law enforcement agencies do not support the sealing activities.

The apex court had put a stay on all kinds of construction activities in unauthorised colonies on Tuesday. When City Spidey sought response from the EDMC regarding the issue, an official replied, “ I have heard about the court’s directive to stop constructions in unauthorised colonies but we haven’t received a copy of the order so far.”

While there has been rampant illegal construction in East Delhi’s unauthorised residential colonies such as Laxmi Nagar, Pandav Nagar, Ganesh Nagar, Vinod Nagar and Trilokpuri among others, none of the agencies have failed to stop it so far.

“The central government had appointed a special task force (STF) in order to provide us security during sealing drives against illegal constructions. However, even that force hasn't approached us thus far,” said a senior official of EDMC.

Officials, not wishing to be named, said, while the civic body does issue notices to such constructions, serious action cannot be taken most of the time because of a strong builder-politician nexus.

“Many times when we visit the site for demolition, locals get violent. We can’t go there without proper police security ,” an official added.

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