Portion of Oberoi Maidens demolished

More to be razed today, North civic agency says structure in violation as hotel is part of ASI protected monument.

A porch, a hall and seven to eight rooms of Oberoi Maidens Hotel on Sham Nath Marg were demolished on Thursday by the municipal agency in-charge of the Civil Lines zone.

The heritage hotel, part of an ASI protected monument, had constructed the extension without authorisation, an official said.

Yogendra Mann, Director of Press and Information, North Municipal Corporation, said 20 employees were sent to the spot along with four JCBs, gas-cutters and other tools. The area police were roped in for the demolition action.

According to senior officials of North corporation Building department, the hotel encroached upon the tennis court, protected by the ASI. "It is an area of 10,000 sqft to 20,000 sqft. The demolition will continue on Friday. A built-up area of equal measure will face demolition," Mann said.

Maidens Hotel's website calls it one of the oldest hotels in Delhi. It was built 1903. Its location made it a prime property.

Corporation Commissioner said an inquiry will be ordered against the officials who allowed the unauthorised construction. "It seems this portion of the hotel was constructed recently. We have constituted an inquiry against the officials," an official said.

ASI officials said they were not aware of the issue. "We are not aware of any such construction," Deepak Pawar, area in-charge and conservation assistant of ASI, said.

Action was also taken against unauthorised construction in the Walled City, where the fourth-floor of Property No. 951, Gali Teliyan in Tilak Bazar, was torn down. There were three rooms on the floor.

In Rohini Zone, action was taken against three properties.

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