The South Delhi Municipal Corporation [SDMC] conducted a sealing drive against 16 farmhouses in Vasant Kunj area for having unauthorized construction on the agricultural land and also for misuse of the properties for commercial purposes.
The civic body took action against illegal construction on the direction of monitoring committee-appointed by the Supreme Court.
According to the committee members, the unauthorized construction was sanctioned till June 2015 however most of these were developed recently.
One of the committee members said that the action is taken against those who have violated the norms and carried out unauthorized construction without getting the building plan approved. Earlier, the SDMC carried out a survey of the area and also sent notices to the owners but received no reply on the same and thus the civic body had to these properties.
The official also said that the sealing drive will be a continuous activity in the area against the norms violators for next week. We have also received complaints about the misuse of farmhouses for commercial activities apart from carrying out illegal construction on the agricultural land.
We have directed the South Delhi Municipal Corporation to take sealing action against such properties on the basis of the complaints received.
Bhure Lal, Chairperson Monitoring committee said out of some sealed properties few farmhouses were also being used for the destination weddings.
The committee received complaints to take action against the huge illegal construction in upscale Green Avenue, Pocket D-3 Vasant Kunj.
The member also said that people are still living in the property which was sealed three months ago as they managed to get the back door entry in the premises. However, we have taken stringent action against them and also resealed the property.
The team also received opposition from the public as one of the residents said that this action is unacceptable as the civic body didn’t serve any prior notice and the action they are taking is sudden. The resident also said that we have bought this property a year ago and some renovation work is in process. However, we are told that this is illegal and the officials are not ready to listen even after we showed them the documents and property papers.