Construction near Qutub Minar: Delhi HC seeks DCP’s report

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |

November 1, 2020 2:09:58 am

The HC has additionally requested the Delhi authorities to look into the matter. (File Photo)

THE DELHI High Court has mentioned it’s “baffling” how the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has permitted a complete row of homes to come back up within the neighborhood of Qutub Minar, and has requested the DCP of the world to file a standing report explaining how “large-scale construction” was permitted within the space regardless of the strict vigil of police. The HC has additionally requested the Delhi authorities to look into the matter.

“All these structures are in the vicinity of the Qutub Minar, and it is imperative that the ambience of the area be maintained, especially in view of the strict prohibited and regulated zones regarding construction near protected monuments. Has the ASI been consulted? Interestingly, the photographs annexed to the ATR show multi-storey buildings being constructed,” Justice Najmi Waziri mentioned in an order.

The statement was made by the court docket after seeing an Action Taken Report submitted by the SDMC, which confirmed demolition of some buildings within the space. While the SDMC described it as “appropriate action” in opposition to unauthorised building, the court docket famous that the “isolated punctures” in partitions or roofs are inadequate.

“If the structure is illegal, it would have to be brought down,” the court docket mentioned within the order handed in a petition searching for motion in opposition to officers for permitting unlawful constructions at Mehrauli.

Rinku Kaushik in a petition filed in 2018 had alleged {that a} “vast illegal and unauthorised colony” was being developed on authorities land adjoining Qutub Minar and “six storeyed and above height buildings are being constructed there”.

In April 2019, SDMC had knowledgeable the court docket that 9 properties out of the 23 talked about in Kaushik’s representations have been recognized. In September 2019, the municipal physique submitted motion has been taken gainst the properties recognized by it.

The case has been listed for listening to subsequent on December 15.

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