New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday slammed the Centre and South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) for not doing their work in curbing the illegal construction and bring Delhi to a collapse. The three-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprised Justice Madan B. Lokur, Justice Mohan M. Shantagoudar and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer.

Venting its ire over the callous approach of officialdom both at the Centre and the civic bodies dealing with the national capital, Justice Lokur said, “People who have been there to look after Delhi are not doing their work. It has collapsed.”

“You will have to admit the fact that your people are not doing their work either in accordance with law or the direction of the court,” the bench said. The bench also said that “there are allegations of corruption and connivance, which were also recorded in 2006 judgment and continue even today”.

The apex court’s observations came after a joint survey conducted by the Land and Development Office (L&DO) to identify the unauthorised construction of 800 residential premises in Amar Colony report is yet to be finalised. The L&DO is under  Ministry of Urban Development and SDMC.

Taking exception to the fact that survey was carried out in August but the report is yet to be finalised or “is under finalisation”Justice Lokur said, “Data entry of some crores of cases have been done and you are taking time for compiling data for 800 residential premises”. The court has now given time till Friday for the Additional Solicitor General Atmaram Nadkarni to take instructions on the schedule for sealing.

With agency inputs