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HC pulls up AAP govt over lack of action to make Delhi buildings safe from earthquake

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan said the replies filed by the Delhi government and the municipal bodies, with regard to steps taken or proposed to make the city safe from earthquake, are just "paper tigers".

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: June 18, 2020 1:55:23 pm
Punjab Police file fresh application in CBI court, mention status report submitted by CBI in 2016 The court directed the Delhi government and the municipal bodies to file status reports indicating at least 25 buildings in each of their jurisdictions where the action plan has been implemented and listed the matter for hearing on July 8.

The Delhi High Court pulled up the AAP government and municipal bodies on Thursday for non-implementation of action plan for ensuring seismic stability of buildings in the national capital.

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan said the replies filed by the Delhi government and the municipal bodies, with regard to steps taken or proposed to make the city safe from earthquake, are just “paper tigers”.

Petitioner and lawyer Arpit Bhargava, who moved a plea on the issue of lack of seismic stability of buildings in Delhi, said the bench observed that the authorities did not appear to have implemented the court’s earlier directions in the matter and the action plan made by the AAP government.

He said the court directed the Delhi government and the municipal bodies to file status reports indicating at least 25 buildings in each of their jurisdictions where the action plan has been implemented and listed the matter for hearing on July 8.

He said the bench also observed that on paper very good and “nicely worded” guidelines/notification have been drafted, but on ground they do not appear to have been implemented.

He said that the court also observed that good drafting (of guidelines) has nothing to do with implementation.

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