DDA, Civic Bodies To Face Action For Illegal Construction; Pay Fine For Delay In Laying Of Sewage Pipeline
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and other civic authorities have come under the scanner of both the Centre and the National Green Tribunal (NGT) each for illegal construction and delay in civic work, respectively.
While the Centre plans to take strict action against officers under whose jurisdiction any illegal construction or encroachment is reported, the NGT has slapped a fine of Rs 1 lakh for a delay in laying of sewage pipeline in a south Delhi colony.
No tolerance towards encroachments
After the effective demolition drive carried out in Delhi by the civic authorities, including the DDA, the Centre plans to take strict action in case any illegal constructions or encroachments are reported.
The Centre, under its action plan, is expected to register first-information reports against the DDA and other civic authorities if any illegal construction in their respective jurisdiction in Delhi is reported.
For this, the Centre will also come up with a mobile application and a website through which citizens can register a complaint against any illegal construction or encroachment they find in their neighbourhood.
According to Union Housing Minister Hardeep Singh Puri a Special Task Force (STF), constituted to clear encroachments in Delhi, has formed a grid of officers which will be held responsible if there is any unauthorised construction in their jurisdiction. "In case, any illegal construction takes place, it will be presumed that such action has been taken in the connivance of these officers and action will be taken against them," Puri was quoted as saying in a PTI report. Under the process, the official under whose jurisdiction such case is found will be given a show-cause notice and appropriate action will be taken if found guilty.
DDA had enough time since October 2017
The NGT rapped the DDA for the delay in laying of a sewage pipeline in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj area for gardening purpose. While the order for this project was cleared in October last year, the DDA failed to start the work on this project. The NGT in compensation has asked the authority to pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh.
It was earlier in 2017 that the NGT had prohibited the residents, the DDA, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation and the Delhi Jal Board from using fresh water for gardening.
While the DDA is going through testing times, in another development, the former chief executive officer of the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority, along with 20 others, has been booked for allegedly acquiring 57.15 hectare of land at an inflated price from relatives and acquaintances which was of no use.