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Government asked to remove illegal structures from Lutyen's zone

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Apr 19 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today asked the Centre to state the reasons for not removing the unauthorised constructions in the bungalows in the Lutyen's zone occupied by the Ministers, MPs and top bureaucrats in the Capital.

A division bench headed by Justice Vijender Jain asked the government to file a status report by May 3, the next date of hearing.

The Ministry of Urban Development had filed a status report stating that the government would give concession for building some structures in certain buildings.

The Court asked the Counsel to file the status report in the form of an affidavit.

On March 29, the Central Government had said that it would remove all illegal constructions from the buildings in the Lutyen's zone within a stipulated timeframe.

Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium had said that Urban Development Secretary was seized of the matter and the government was taking steps to remove the unauthorised structures from the area.

Counsel Rekha Palli appearing as amicus curie submitted that according to a survey by the Directorate of Estate and CPWD, out of 514 bungalows at least 231 buildings had illegal constructions without the permission of the MCD.

''Unauthorised constructions have been made by the occupants either in the main bungalows and office protions,'' Ms Palli had said.


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