Sudhir Wahi, a resident of DLF-2, said unauthorised construction being carried out by one of his neighbours, Parveen Gupta, caused damage to his house. DTCP has already recommended the registration of an FIR against Gupta for violating the building norms and causing injuries to another neighbour.
“The force exerted by the commercial digging machines that were used by my neighbour has damaged my underground water tank. The tank has now become unusable as water leaks from it, resulting in seepage in connecting walls,” Wahi said. He added that the beams on Gupta’s ground floor are projecting beyond his boundary and resulted in cracks in Wahi’s wall.
DTCP filed a police complaint and recommended an FIR against Gupta, his architect and structural engineer for violating building norms three days ago after the parapet wall on the terrace of Gupta’s building fell on an adjacent house in September last year, due to which a neighbour sustained injuries.
As per the complaint filed by the department, the parapet wall on the building’s terrace, which was supposed to have a thickness of 9 inches, was only four-inch thick and failed structurally.
During the course of its investigation, the DTCP found that Gupta had procured approval of the building plan through the self-certification scheme. Under this, the owner, along with the architect and the structural engineer, is responsible for carrying out and supervising construction as per norms, and also for ensuring safety.
Wahi said, “While I will follow the process in court, I have written to DTCP and DLF to get the construction stopped immediately at Gupta’s premises. If not stopped, the illegal construction may lead to my house collapsing. Gupta should also be directed to get the damages to my property rectified urgently at his cost,” he said.
Tej Singh Yadav, a resident of DLF-3 has also submitted a complaint to DTCP alleging threats by neighbours. “My parents, who are elderly and have heart disease, are being harassed by some neighbours after they objected to unauthorised construction in the latter’s buildings. One of the neighbours is carrying out unauthorised construction, which is blocking the staircase and poses a risk to the structural integrity of the 30-year-old building in which we live,” said Mili, Yadav’s daughter.
The department has been flooded with many such similar complaints in the two DLF colonies, where unauthorised construction has damaged adjoining buildings or posed threats to the buildings’ structures.
When contacted, district town planner RS Batth said: “We have taken action against such buildings and property owners in DLF areas. I will personally visit the sites and initiate strict action against unauthorised construction. In case of serious violations, the department will file police complaints against the property owners.”