Staff Reporter

MCD sets up a 24-hour centralised centre at Town Hall to record complaints

NEW DELHI: The Municipal Corporation of Delhi on Wednesday filed a status report in the Delhi High Court about demolition of unauthorised constructions in the Capital as well as setting up a new mechanism for speeding up action against encroachers on public land and violators of building by-laws.

According to the report filed in the High Court Registry, the MCD has set up a 24-hour functional centralised complaint centre at Town Hall (telephone No.1266) to record all details of a complainant in audio form.

The officials taking care of the complaint centre have been invested with powers to order demolition of unauthorised structures after verifications of the complaints, the report said.

It further stated that the civic body would deploy 12 mobile inspection teams in its as many zones to verify complaints lodged with the centralised complaint centre. If needed, the mobile teams would recommend to Deputy Commissioners for action.

A mobile inspection team would comprise a junior engineer and a clerk and it would move around in the zone concerned in a van having communication facilities, the report said. It informed the Court that it would use modern equipment like hydraulic hammers to carry out demolitions expeditiously. The local body had also set up 12 task forces to rule out delay in carrying out demolitions, the report said. Meanwhile, the MCD had directed all the 12 Deputy Commissioners to implement recommendations of the Court-appointed Monitoring Committee for action against unauthorised constructions, the report stated.

To meet the shortage of staff, the civic body would recruit junior engineers on a contract basis. The MCD would soon bring out advertisement for recruitments, the report stated.

MCD Commissioner A.K. Nigam would on Thursday appear in person before a Division Bench of the Court comprising Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Gambhir and inform it about the plan the local body has chalked out to implement recommendations of the Monitoring Committee.

The Monitoring Committee in its report on August 18 had informed the Court that going by the pace at which the civic body was carrying out demolition of unauthorised constrictions in the city, it would "take 263 years to finish the task".

"The Court will be disappointed to know that MCD will require 263 years to carry out demolitions ordered by it between 1990 and June 30, 2006," the Monitoring Committee had said.