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Vigilant MCD could have prevented unauthorised construction:HC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Unauthorised construction would not have come up in the national capital had the MCD been vigilant in their work, the High said today.

A bench of Acting and Justice C said a lot of judicial time would also have been saved, if the civic bodies had done their job honestly.

"Today, the courts and appellate courts are flooded with petitions relating to illegal construction in When the comes up before the court, then only you (MCD) take action and issue notice. When these buildings come up, you keep quite and allow it to go up," it remarked.

It also said that there was a public perception that anyone can go scot-free if they can manage the MCD.

"You get salaries, but you don't do your job," an irked bench said and asked the MCD official present in the "how can you look at your face in the mirror".

"Allowing unauthorised construction is endangering life of the public at large and it is also impacting the capital's infrastructure," it added.

The bench was hearing a plea by an NGO -- Paardarshita Public Welfare Foundation -- which informed the about the illegal construction going on in 95 properties situated in the Karol Bagh area of the central

The NGO's president, Harkrishan Das Nijhawan, claimed he had complained about it to the MCD, but they were not taking any action.

MCD disputed the NGO's claim and said that out of 95 properties, illegal construction was only going on in three of them.

Not convinced with the MCD claim, the court issued notice to the and other authorities concerned and sought their responses.

The NGO has also sought a direction to the CBI to register an FIR against the MCD engineers of the Karol Bagh zone as well as against the private builder.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 18:45 IST