Illegal Construction In Delhi: SC Says Authorities Not Doing Their Job
The Supreme Court (SC) on January 15 said that authorities did not appear to have carried out their statutory duties in preventing illegal construction in Delhi. The apex court made it clear that a monitoring committee, set up by it in 2006 to oversee the implementation of the law relating to sealing of offending premises, was "fully entitled" to carry out its functions in accordance with directions given by the top court.
A Bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta referred to the submissions advanced by an advocate who is assisting the court as amicus curiae that the assignment of work to the panel did not mean that bodies such as the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the Delhi Development Authority, the New Delhi Municipal Council and the Land and Development Office, would not do their statutory work.
"Unfortunately, for some reasons, which does not look bona fide, the statutory bodies have not carried out their work, resulting in complete breakdown in city of Delhi," the Bench observed. The top court also said that it has had not prohibited these bodies from carrying out their work and they were obliged by law to do their duties.
The Bench will now take up the matter for hearing on February 15 when it would hear arguments challenging the special provision which protects unauthorised construction from being sealed.
The apex court had last month observed that rule of law over sanction to construct buildings had "completely broken down" in Delhi and had expressed concern over rampant illegal construction. It had also ordered restoration of its 2006 monitoring panel to identify and seal such offending structures.
The monitoring committee was set up in March 2006 by the apex court.
The court had earlier said it had asked the committee not to seal any premises from 2012, expecting the authorities to carry out their statutory duties.
With inputs from Housing News