A bench of Justices B D Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva recently asked the AAP government to examine an action plan prepared by the municipal corporations and issue appropriate bye-laws.
“It is abundantly clear that the primary responsibility with regard to implementation of the building regulations lie with the commissioner of each corporation. It is also clear that they function for the prupose of this Act under the general superintendence of the Government of NCT of Delhi,” the bench noted in the order.
Earlier, the court had made New Delhi Municipal Council, Delhi Development Authority and Delhi Cantonment Board, parties to the PIL it had been hearing on the issue and asked for status reports with regard to making the structures, falling within their jurisdiction, compliant with the requirements of seismic zone-IV (Delhi falls under this zone). It had also directed that the corporations, DDA and NDMC must ensure that no buildings are constructed within their respective jurisdictions that do not comply with the requirements of this zone as per the National Building Code, 2005.
HC is hearing a PIL filed by advocate Arpit Bhargava seeking directions to various authorities to determine seismic stability of buildings in Delhi. The court had observed that majority of buildings in the city were “structurally unsafe”. It also asked the Centre to submit an action plan to ensure that buildings survive earthquakes.
The court is pushing the city and the central governments as well as the civic agencies in Delhi to enforce the building code.
HC has repeatedly told authorities to ensure safety of structures and prevent illegal constructions.
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