'Cops, MCD promote illegal construction'

Illegal construction is going on uninterrupted right under the nose of Delhi Police and municipal corporations, and are leading to incidents of building collapse.

In the Inderlok building collapse on Saturday, where 10 people lost their lives, police lodged an FIR and the MCD suspended two of its engineers. But no one was directly held accountable.

“A four-storey building in such a small space is illegal.

This is not a recent law. These orders were passed by the government of India long ago.

The local station house officer and the engineers of the building department of the municipal corporation are personally responsible for this.Both these agencies are deliberately allowing illegal constructions,” former Delhi chief secretary Omesh Saigal told Deccan Herald.

The former MCD bureaucrats, however, blamed the civic body for the menace and accused police for facilitating unauthorised constructions.

“The MCDs have 12 zones and each zone has a building department.

The executive engineers and junior engineers posted with the building department are liable for illegal constructions in their areas,” said Deep Mathur, former director of public relations of the MCD.

“Delhi Police cannot interfere to stop illegal constructions without request by the JE or EE of the MCD’s building department. But police are facilitating the building mafia for unauthorised constructions. They easily allow vehicles carrying building material to enter any locality for bribe,” he added.

Mathur said bribery starts just after a foundation stone is laid for an unauthorised construction.

“Local police officers approach any site where illegal construction is going on and demand bribe. In return, they assure that no one will raze the construction.

The corporation officials who are legally responsible for unauthorised construction, also keep mum in lieu of bribe,” he added.

The business of illegal constructions is booming in unauthorised colonies and densely populated areas, he added.

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