GURGAON: The MCG has so far issued notices to 587 residents for undertaking unauthorized construction. However, not much progress has been made in prosecuting them and only 21 such structures have been demolished so far.
One of the main reasons for such slow action is the leeway the present municipal act provides. According to it, the affected party should be given a notice and there should be three hearings before the building is sealed or demolished.
However, all this is set to change with the new amendment, mooted by the Urban Local Bodies department. Once the amendment is incorporated in the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act, unauthorized buildings will be sealed without notice, thereby doing away with the usual time-consuming procedure of issuing a notice followed by hearing the affected parties. The MCG commissioner welcomed this move. “The amendment has recently been proposed and it is likely to come in handy,” said Sudhir Rajpal, commissioner, MCG.
According to data available, out of the 587 notices that have been issued, hearing for 491 has been fixed while demolition orders for 409 have been issued. “There is rampant illegal construction going on in the city and in certain cases, the councillors themselves are involved and shield the culprit by misusing their powers. This is the reason why only a handful of buildings have been demolished even though there are hundreds of such unauthorized constructions,” said an official.
“We hope that things would become better once this amendment is incorporated and it will become easy for us to seal and demolish these structures. Right now, since they get so much time before a final order is passed, the owners try to influence the whole process by using money and muscle power,” the official added.
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