The Delhi Government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the wall collapse at Dallupura village in East Delhi in which five children were killed on Wednesday morning.

Replying at the end of a discussion called under Rule 290 in the Delhi Assembly, Delhi Urban Development Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said a magisterial enquiry has been ordered in the incident and the Deputy Commissioner has been asked to monitor it. He said the Deputy Commissioner, the Municipal Commissioner and the Revenue Department officials of the area would also be required to submit separate reports in the matter.

“Be it the revenue officials, the municipal staff or the police, whoever is responsible would be identified and punished.”

Mr. Lovely, however, placed the blame for the incident squarely at the doorstep of the BJP-ruled East Delhi Municipal Corporation. He said it was the primary responsibility of the civic body to check unauthorised constructions in their area.

Be it such constructions in regularised or unauthorised colonies, farmhouses or villages, it is the responsibility of the municipal bodies to check them.

SHOs instructed

Besides this, he said the Lieutenant Governor has also instructed the Station House Officers to keep an eye out for such constructions in their respective areas.

Noting that this was the third such tragic incident in the past week, Mr. Lovely said it was sad that rather than finding ways to ensure that incidents were not repeated, the civic body was politicising the issue.

Earlier initiating the discussion, which was allowed by the Speaker after suspending Question Hour, Mukesh Sharma, parliamentary secretary to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, had noted that rampant corruption in the corporation was responsible for this collapse as also the two previous ones in Geeta Colony this week. He charged that the councillors were brazenly charging up to Rs 1 lakh for small repairs by people living in these colonies.

Deputy Speaker Amrish Singh Gautam, who represents Dallupura area, said a 20 to 25 feet wall was being unauthorisedly constructed by a cola company when it collapsed, leading to the death of five children and injury to a girl.

Okhla MLA Mohammad Asif accused the Delhi Police and councillors of both Congress and BJP for the present state of affairs. He said various agencies like DDA and Delhi Jal Board were also brazenly involved in corrupt practices.

‘Network expanded’

Shoaib Iqbal of the Lok Janshakti Party said recently the Delhi Government had put the Sub Divisional Magistrates at the helm of corporation matters. “But this has hardly helped. They have also got involved and have started making money. Only the network of corruption has been expanded.” He suggested that to deter unauthorised constructions, their registration should be stopped and power and water connections should not be allowed therein.

Earlier, the opposition BJP members were expelled by Speaker Yoganand Shastri was obstructing the House proceedings as they insisted that before the discussion on the five deaths, the discussion sought by them on the Lieutenant Governor’s refusal to send a case against Chief Minister to the President on the Lokayukta’s Special Report be taken up. After one adjournment, when the BJP members continued with their protest, the Speaker expelled them for a day.

  • Magisterial enquiry ordered and the Deputy Commissioner has been asked to monitor it

  • Minister blames the BJP-ruled East Delhi Municipal Corporation for the incident