HC to civic bodies: Check illegal constructions

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New Delhi: The civic bodies in the Capital were asked to come up with an action plan to check the thriving illegal constructions in the city, stating that they were disasters waiting to happen. In light of the Nepal earthquake, the Delhi High Court observed that a similar quake here would have none of the unauthorised colonies or buildings left standing, resulting in many loss of lives.

The Bench of Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva asked the MCD if they had any action plan to take care of these unauthorised structures. These constructions were protected from any punitive action under the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws until June 1, 2014.

The court also observed that the issue of unauthorised colonies was caught up in politics. Every government that came to power wanted to protect them for votes but if people died in these structures there would be nobody left to vote.