Rule Of Law Completely Broken, Illegal Construction Flourishing In Delhi: SC
The rule of law over sanction to construct buildings has "completely broken down" in Delhi, the Supreme Court has said today, expressing concern over rampant illegal constructions in the national capital.
Ordering restoration of its 2006 monitoring panel to identify and seal such structures, a top court Bench, comprising Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta, also summoned the South Delhi Municipal Commissioner (SDMC) to appear before it in person as it took serious note of an unauthorised colony at Mehrauli.
It decided to restore the powers of the monitoring committee, which was relieved in 2012, to identify and seal unauthorised premises and construction in the city.
The Bench, while posting the matter for further hearing on December 14, said unauthorised constructions had a vital impact on the environment in Delhi in terms of sewage and related issues such as parking and waste management.
The top court sought the assistance of the additional solicitor general, who is appearing on behalf of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, to ensure that there was no further breakdown of the rule of law in so far as construction activities were concerned.
"Our attention has particularly been drawn to the establishment of an unauthorised colony, namely Sai Kunj in Mehrauli," the Bench said, noting that the colony which has come up on agricultural land fell under the SDMC.
"We would like the commissioner of the SDMC to be present in court on the next date of hearing, and inform us what the statutory duties conferred upon him and his subordinate officers were, and why they were not being carried out," the Bench said.
"Prima facie, it appears to us that the rule of law with regard to the sanction and construction of buildings in Delhi seems to have completely broken down," the Bench said.
With inputs from Housing News