Staff Reporter

A separate control room to monitor them

NEW DELHI: After receiving much flak from courts for failing to check unauthorised constructions and encroachments on public land in the Capital, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has now decided to set up a separate control room at the civic body headquarters in Town Hall to take action against ongoing constructions and encroachments on public land.

To become operational within a fortnight, the control room will run under the direct supervision of an Additional Commissioner and have a dedicated team of Delhi Police personnel to help in carrying out anti-encroachment and demolition drives. Apart from initiating direct action against erring citizens, the control room will also direct zonal offices and other authorities to take action against illegal constructions and encroachments.

Stating that in its meeting with Municipal Commissioner A.K. Nigam, Delhi Police Commissioner K.K. Paul had agreed to deploy a company of the force at Town Hall so that action could be carried out instantly, Leader of MCD House Jitender Kochar said residents would be able to lodge their complaints at the control room by dialling a dedicated telephone number, through e-mails or letters.

"A team will be deployed at the control room that will regularly monitor ongoing constructions and keep an eye on public land so that nobody can encroach on it. A daily report of its activities will be sent to the Commissioner's office for review," said Mr. Kochar, adding that the entire set-up for the control room was likely to be in place within a week.

When asked about the legality of the cell when the Centre-appointed Khanna Committee had suggested formation of a separate body for enforcement of building by-laws, Mr. Kochar said till something was finalised, the MCD would continue to take action against illegal constructions and other malpractices.

"Our new control room as well as enforcement squads at zonal and departmental levels will continue to target illegal buildings in the Capital," he added.