Two civic agencies were Wednesday pulled up by the Delhi High Court for not removing illegal encroachments in a locality in northwest Delhi and their chiefs were summoned May 12 for explanation.
A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Mukta Gupta directed Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) commissioner K.S. Mehra and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) vice-chairman Ashok Kumar to personally appear before the court to explain why they had not complied with the court’s order Feb 11 last year.
“A year and two months have passed and the agencies have failed to implement the order for removal of illegal encroachment in two months. Each agency is passing the buck on to other,” the judges said.
“You cannot take the court for granted. Nobody is bothered to see the order,” they added.
Last year, the court directed the civic agencies to remove the illegal encroachments from the roads meant for residents of three housing co-operative societies in Paschim Vihar area.
The housing societies had filed a petition saying that the residents of the 200 flats faced many problems as the road they used has been encroached upon.
They said that they had met and presented their case to the two agencies but nothing was done.
While the MCD is responsible for the civic administration of nearly 96 percent of Delhi’s land area, the DDA is the land development agency.