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Action against unauthorised construction to continue: Reddy

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Mar 6: The government today said the demolition drive against unauthorised construction and misuse of premises in Delhi would continue and criminal cases would be registered against delinquent officials.

Making a statement in response to the calling attention motion moved by Prof Vijay Kumar Malhotra on the situation arising out of the demolition drive being undertaken in the National Capital Region of Delhi, Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy said the government had set up an Expert Committee under the chairmanship of former Delhi Lt Governor Tajendra Khanna to study the matter and advise it ''keeping the larger interest of the community''.

He said the entire gamut of issues in regard to unauthorised construction was so complex that it was necessary to set up the committee. The government was fully seized of the matter and was taking ''well-considered and timely action that is required under the circumstances.'' The committee, he said, had been asked to submit its report within three months.

Mr Reddy said the MCD had already apprised the High Court of the setting up of the committee and appealed for permission for it to continue to take action against encroachments, construction of public land and ongoing unauthorised construction, while in other cases of violations and misuse, action be taken on receipt of the recommendations of the committee.

He said the demolition drive was being carried out as per the direction from the Delhi High Court which wanted appropriate action against all residential and commercial buildings, which had flouted the sanctioned plans.

The High Court had listed the matter for hearing on March 22, 2006.

The Urban Development Minister admitted that such large scale unauthorised construction proved dereliction of duty by officials.

Therefore, the Delhi government and MCD had also been requested to take action against delinquent officials and register criminal cases in glaring instances of unauthorised construction and misuse of premises.


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