New Delhi: In order to check the illegal construction in the national capital, the Delhi government has decided to book the offenders under non-bailable sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) apart demolishing the built structures.

The special task force (STF), which was formed by the Delhi government last month following the proposal of Ministry of Urban Development, cracked down for the first time on Thursday, when it filed FIRs against owners of a dozen illegal constructions in MCD civil line zone apart from demolishing them.

The officials of the Building Department of Civil Lines Zone said that FIR has been lodged against 17 people. The accused can now be awarded a jail term apart from being asked to compensate the cost of demolition.

The move has been expedited in the wake of public demand for stringent action against illegal constructors as 71 people were dead while a building collapsed on November 15. The five storied building was constructed illegally in Lalita Park in East Delhi.

The STF which was formed to check the illegal construction includes the officials of SDM, Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Police, Public Works Department (PWD) and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

However, the MCD Construction Committee Chairman Jagdish Mamgai has questioned the STF actions.

“For illegal construction, only property owner can’t be held guilty, police and builder mafia are equally involved and responsible for this. So, there should be legal action against them also,” he said.

MCD already have an Act in place to check illegal construction under which an accused may get six months jail and a fine of Rs 5000 but the department has not used it’s the provisions till date to book the culprits.