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earthquakeDays after the killer earthquake in Nepal, the Delhi High Court today said unauthorised constructions and colonies in the city are “disasters waiting to happen” in case of a similar temblor here and asked the municipality whether it has devised any action plan.A bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva observed that if there is an earthquake in Delhi like the one in Nepal, all the unauthorised buildings, constructed “on one brick” and without following regulations, will go.

It also said each government has been extending the date till which illegal constructions are protected from punitive action as it is “looking for votes”.

“If people die, then who will vote,” the court asked.

“They are disasters waiting to happen. Are you (municipal corporation) taking strict action? Are you coming out with an action plan,” the bench questioned while hearing a batch of petitions on unauthorised constructions in the city.

Under the recent amendment to the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) unauthorised constructions up to June 1, 2014 would be protected from punitive action. Under the earlier law, unauthorised constructions up to February 8, 2007 were protected.

In response, the municipal corporation said it was coming out with an action plan.
The court, thereafter, said it will take up the matter of seismic stability of structures in the national capital in some other appropriate matter.

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