Nearly 90% of farmhouses and motels in north and west Delhi have been found to have unauthorised construction, a north corporation report has revealed. The civic body was asked to survey all farmhouses under its jurisdiction by the monitoring committee appointed by the Supreme Court and take action against violators.
Most of the farmhouses and motels found violating the norms are located in Narela and Civil lines zone. “There are 31 motels and 39 farmhouses registered with north corporation for organising social functions and engaging in commercial activities,” a senior corporation official said. Of these 70 units, 62 have been found to be engaged in various types of violations by a seven-member inspection committee appointed by the civic body.
“As many as 56 farmhouses and motels in Narela zone and six such units in Civil lines were found to have unauthorised constructions. Similarly, four farmhouses in Narela zone and six in the civil lines zone were found to be misusing the basement and other portions of the property,” a reply by the engineering department stated.
Notices have been issued to the violators and they have been given 48 hours to explain why action should not be taken against them.
Data provided by two different departments of the corporation – licensing and engineering – revealed that many such motels were running without licence. While the licensing department says that it has 21 licenced farmhouses, the engineering department’s reply mentions 31 such units.
Vikas Goel, standing committee member, said “these are highly understated figures. Everyone passing through these stretches knows that there are many more such commercial units where marriages take place.”