HC directs CPWD to expedite demolitions in Lutyens Zone

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New Delhi, Jan 16 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today directed the CPWD and Ministry of Urban Developement to expedite the demolition of illegal constructions in the Lutyens Zone.

A bench comprising Chief Justice M K Sharma and Justice Reva Khetrapal directed the civic agencies to go ahead with the demolitions and report to the Court on April 9.

Rekha Palli, the amicus curie in the matter, informed the Court that counsel for CPWD Dilip Mehra had filed the action taken report(ATR)in the Court.

Mr Mehra told the court that out of 51 bungalows identified with illegal constructions, only four have been demolished.

''We cannot go ahead with demolitions of 38 bungalows because lots of inconvenience will be caused to the residents,'' Mr Mehra said.

At this the Court lashed out at CPWD stating that ''of course inconvenience will be caused but you have to go ahead with the demolitions of illegal constructions.'' ''We can demolish only when the bungalows are vacated but soon nine will be vacated and we will go ahead with the job,'' Mr Mehra said.

The Court had taken suo motu cognizance on the issue of illegal constructions being carried out in the Lutyens Zone and had directed the CPWD to get all illegal structures removed.

The court had several times lashed out at the agencies on their willy dilly attitudes in demolishing the bunglows owned by VIPs and asked them to allow constructions as per the guidelines.

UNI SNG SP MSJ RK1824

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