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HC unhappy over illegal constructions in Sainik Farms, queries

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Stating that the unauthorised construction going on in Sainik Farms was "far from acceptable", the High today sought response of the Centre on why it took no policy decision till date with respect to that area despite assuring to do so in 2010.

"We appreciate the situation in Sainik Farms is far from acceptable. We know unauthorised construction is going on there. It is evident that policy decision should have been taken in 2010 by the Centre. It is August 2014 now and decision has not yet seen the light of the day.

"Consequently, while adding Union of as a party in the matter, we also issue notice to it to respond to the above by next date of hearing. Renotify on September 17," a bench of justices B D Ahmed and S Mridul said.

The court, meanwhile, directed South Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to file an affidavit indicating the action taken by it against all illegal and unauthorised constructions inside Sainik Farms after the 2007 order of the High that no building material be allowed to enter that area.

SDMC was asked to file the affidavit after it told the that it has taken action against over 100 illegal constructions in Sainik Farms here.

The court sarcastically remarked that the illegal constructions in Sainik Farms "are like some deities", and thus "they spring up from the ground and no building material is required".

It made the remark as none of the authorities could explain how building material was entering the area despite the court's order prohibiting the same.

The bench, which was not satisfied by government's responses to the queries raised earlier by the court, directed it to file "a proper affidavit".

The court on May 29, 2014, had directed Delhi government to file an affidavit disclosing details of the meetings and questionnaires sent to SDMC along with their responses.

First Published: Wed, August 06 2014. 20:30 IST