Following the building collapse incident at Lalita Park in East Delhi last year which claimed 70 lives, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi had traced 184 tainted officials in its building department and ordered their transfer to less “sensitive” departments. The move has now been rendered ineffective as some of the officials have refused to budge despite being served notices.

Refuse to leave

According to MCD Works Committee chairman Jagdish Mamgain, there are about a dozen officials from the building department who have refused to leave. Those who left have been replaced by officials from the other departments. However, even in this case problems have been witnessed. “While people from other departments who have received better postings have readily taken up the change in task, but those who see it as a demotion have been dragging their feet,” he added.

On Tuesday, MCD Commissioner K.S. Mehra wrote to the deputy commissioners of all MCD zones to trace officials from their zonal building department who have not moved out yet and submit a report on the same by next week.

In December last year, the vigilance department of the MCD had identified 64 people from the building department and the number later went up to 184 with either past record of corruption or pending court proceedings against them. These include seven superintending engineers, 91 assistant engineers and 86 junior engineers. Of these 61 officials are facing trials at courts in corruption cases.