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  Metros   Delhi  07 Oct 2017  Panel blames graft for illegal buildings

Panel blames graft for illegal buildings

Published : Oct 7, 2017, 1:58 am IST
Updated : Oct 7, 2017, 1:58 am IST

Tells HC about nexus between officials, owners.

Delhi High Court. (Photo: Twitter)
 Delhi High Court. (Photo: Twitter)

New Delhi: Illegal construction thrives in the capital with the support of law enforcers as it is not possible without a nexus between the builders and the officials, the Delhi high court has been told.

A three-member experts committee, set up by the high court to inspect alleged illegal constructions across the city, has said in its report that “Around 30 per cent of the population of Delhi is living in sub-human condition and 10 per cent in inhuman conditions” due to illegal constructions.

Holding that “builder, architect and owner have a vested interest”, it told  a bench headed by acting chief justice Gita Mittal that the sub-human conditions in which the people lived were a result of the “greed of property owners and callousness of the MCD’s law enforcers”.

The committee members, former CBI director D.R. Karthikeyan, ex-India Habitat Centre director R.M.S. Liberhan and retired district judge Ravinder Kaur, also said that without enforcing any criminal liability on the builder-architect-owner nexus, “no lasting remedy will work”.

“Illegal constructions cannot take place without connivance. The nexus thrives in our cities by buying protection and insurance from the law enforcers. Often, the purchaser is the most vulnerable,” it said.

“Hence, criminal and civil liability of the builder, architect, the owner and the concerned executive engineer must survive for a minimum period of 10 years from the date of the sanctioned plan and, in the case of non-sanctioned ones, from the date of the acquisition of the title to the illegal premises,” the panel said.

The panel, , tasked with giving recommendation to overcome any unauthorised construction existing, said all layout plans approved by MCD should be displayed in the concerned colonies.

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