Buildings at around a dozen unauthorised construction sites in India’s capital of New Delhi have been demolished as part of the city’s latest efforts to crack down on unauthorised construction.
According to a report in the Times of India, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (New Delhi) says the buildings, which were demolished on Sunday, included individual houses and under-construction flats near Kalyani hospital in Old DLF.
The demolitions are the latest development in the cities war on illegal or unauthorised construction. In February, the High Court of Delhi declared unauthorised construction to be a ‘menace’ which was ‘eating into our city’ as it refused an application to overturn the sealing of shops in an illegally constructed retail complex. Last month, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi demolished unauthorised portions of 21 buildings in the south of the city.
According to the report, the crackdown on unauthorised buildings has been welcomed by residents, but many question the time it takes authorities to learn uncover building violations in the city.
“How come they got to know about the violations only after several floors were built?” the report resident is quoted as asking.
“They should investigate what is wrong in the system”.
In the latest demolition, the report says a number of senior officials, including two joint commissioners, the municipal chief engineer, police and other officials were present in order to ensure a smooth operation.