New Delhi, Sept. 1 (PTI): More than 900 central government flats and houses in Delhi are in a “dangerous” state and another 4,480 are dilapidated, the central public works department has told a parliamentary panel.
It added that most of the Lutyens Zone bungalows — home to ministers, MPs and other VIPs — were unsafe with respect to the latest codes for earthquake-resistant structures.
Mumbai comes second with 704 dilapidated houses while Calcutta accounts for 40 and Nagpur has eight.
Of the government buildings declared dangerous in Delhi, 328 are in Mohammedpur and 304 in Kali Bari Marg in the heart of the city. Ninety are in the nearby neighbourhoods of Arambagh and Chitra Gupt Road, while another 70 are in Probyn or Lancer Road.
The Minto Road complex has 67 dangerous accommodations while Kasturba Nagar has 20. The rest are scattered among Lodhi Colony, Lodhi Road complex, East Kidwai Nagar, Lakshmi Bai Nagar, Sarojini Nagar and Andrews Ganj.
The Union urban development ministry is aware of the matter and plans to redevelop these buildings in a phased manner, the CPWD said.
It also gave details of encroachments on government land to the parliamentary standing committee on urban development, which presented its report last week.
Nearly 228,050sqm of CPWD land has been illegally occupied in Delhi while the figure is around 24,390sqm in Mumbai. In Calcutta, two encroachments together occupy 53,917sqm.
The figures in some other parts of the country: 2,100sqm in Sikkim, 2,274sqm in Himachal Pradesh, 72sqm in Kochi (Kerala) and 14.63sqm in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.