Staff Reporter

Put lists of all illegal constructions since 1954 on the Net: Ram Babu Sharma

`Intensify ongoing demolition drive'MCD Commissioner asked to start this from Tuesday

NEW DELHI: Seeking to turn the heat on Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit over the issue of ongoing demolitions in the Capital, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ram Babu Sharma on Monday asked for immediate identification and dismissal of all corrupt officials. Also, he demanded putting the lists of all illegal constructions in Delhi since 1954 on the website and intensification of the ongoing demolition drive in the Capital.

Addressing a crowded press conference, Mr. Sharma said he did not agree with Ms. Dikshit's assertion that the list of 18,271 illegal buildings or constructions should be put up on the website and instead sought putting up all information relating to illegal constructions and buildings since 1954 on the website to ensure equity and transparency in the whole exercise. "I have asked Delhi Mayor Satbir Singh and MCD Standing Committee Chairman Mukesh Goel to put the list of all the illegal constructions and buildings on the website in a systematic manner. In view of the colossal exercise, they should first put the list of violators for the year 2005 and then proceed in descending order reaching to 1954 so that everyone comes to know what wrong he or she has committed," he added.

This would be in addition to the 18,271 properties that the MCD has reportedly claimed before the Delhi High Court during a hearing on the matter.

Stating that he was serious about the issue, Mr. Sharma said as the DPCC president he had asked the MCD leaders in the civic body to ensure compliance of this directive from the party at the earliest. The MCD Commissioner would be asked to start this exercise from Tuesday itself and if he fails to carry out these orders, Mr. Singh has been asked to convene a special session of the MCD House to initiate proceedings against the Commissioner.

"I have also asked the MCD authorities to intensify the drive against ongoing illegal constructions and buildings if any in the 12 zones. If it is found that the Junior Engineer or the Assistant Engineer or any other officials were not complying with the order, they would not be suspended but their services would be terminated. There will be no let-up in the drive to demolish illegal buildings or constructions."

Mr. Sharma said the lack of proper information on the issue had already led to a chaotic situation and allegations of pick and choose in demolition exercise. "It is the endeavour of the party to ensure that no such thing takes place and if there is anything illegal, it has to be brought down no matter who owns it or where it is located," Mr. Sharma said, adding that an impression was gaining ground that only the poor were being targeted and the rich were being spared. This impression needs to be corrected and any political leader, Minister, MLA, Councillor or office-bearer who is served a notice by the Corporation for illegal construction or unauthorised buildings would have to bring it down on its own or the party would be constrained to take strict action against them.

"I have also requested Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy to form the Technical Committee by Tuesday so that it begins its work and gets relief for the people. It would also give an idea to the Corporation on what all illegal constructions have to be brought down in future," he added.