DDA to carry one month long sealing drive against illegal constructions
FIRs is registered against 56 flat-owners, sealed five flats and announced demolition of 282 properties
One month long sealing drive to be carried on in the DDA flats in Vasant Kunj, allotted under the DDA housing scheme 2010, ordered Balwinder Kumar, ViceChairman, Delhi Development Authority. The drive will also involve demolishing of any additions or alterations made to the buildings by the allottees. The DDA (Delhi Development Authority) has already sealed five rooms on various terraces there. The move has been implemented after taking look at stock of the rampant illegal construction being carried out in the DDA flats. The drive can be the biggest drive carried out against illegal constructions as FIRs is registered against 56 flat-owners, sealed five flats and announced demolition of 282 properties. “We are receiving many complaints that a number of occu- pants have constructed rooms on the terrace in Narmada, Saraswati, Yamuna and Ganga apartment blocks and the number exceeds 282 flats. Also the construction the additional room on government land has been done by some allottees of all floors. Concerned about the rise in number of unauthorised construction, we have decided to start a month-long drive to initiate action against such construction,” Kumar said. The authorities have advised all the allotees to remove the illegally constructed parts on the top floor or on the common portions of land, to avoid penal action, which include demolition, sealing of the flat, disconnecting electricity and water. The issue came in light to DDA officials, when the other residents started complaining about the illegal encroaching on the common spaces, a resident, said, “Some residents started constructing extra rooms, extending balconies occupying common spaces. We had written to everyone from the Lt Governor’s office to the municipal corporation, the DDA and police. Finally some actions are been taken by the authority to stop this illegal act.” There are 2,709 flats in Vasant Kunj which were allotted to people under DDA's housing scheme lauched in 2010. This scheme in Vasant Kunj was meant to host visitors and tourists during the Commonwealth Games.