New Delhi, April 24: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed  immediate stay on all construction activities in 1797 unauthorised colonies of national capital and asked the Union government to form a special task force (STF)  for removing encroachments from public roads and pavements within next two weeks. The top court reportedly said,”Unauthorised colonies can’t be placed in a better position than authorised colonies.”

According to the reports, the STF, to be chaired by the vice-chairman of DDA, would also comprise of commissioners of the three municipal corporation of Delhi (MCDs), chairperson of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and the CEO of Delhi Jal Board (DJB). The other members of STF would be commissioner or secretary of transport, secretary of urban development and secretary of revenue department of the Delhi government, special commissioner (law and order), special commissioner (traffic) of Delhi Police, chief fire officer of Delhi and commissioner (planning) of the DDA.

Earlier on April 18, the government had told a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta that the STF would examine the safety aspects, like fire fighting, in buildings like schools, hospitals, theatres and restaurants to see whether they complied with the norms.

Additional Solicitor General A N S Nadkarni (ASG), appearing for the Centre, told the bench that they have added one representative from the office of Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor in the task force, which would be chaired by the vice-chairman of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

(With agency inputs)