The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to remove all encroachments on the Southern Ridge, besides taking action against unauthorised constructions. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar was hearing a batch of petitions against illegal constructions. In May, the High Court had appointed a committee to look into the issue.
Quoting from the report filed by the committee, the bench said that around 1,170 square yards of land on the Southern Ridge, belonging to the DDA, has been encroached upon. This is “completely impermissible,” the bench said, while citing from the report that a 108-foot idol was constructed on the Karol Bagh-Pusa Road junction and that many buildings, including residential apartments, have constructed up to four floors illegally.
“We direct a report to be placed before us within a week by the DDA on the person(s) responsible for the construction…” the bench said.
The bench then directed the SHO of Karol Bagh police Station, the central range DCP and the chief engineer of the PWD to conduct an inquiry to provide details regarding people who were responsible for erecting the idol as well as the unauthorised floors of the buildings. It also asked authorities to furnish full particulars of people who funded the unauthorised constructions along with details of people who were in control of the encroached areas.