A Delhi High Court bench comprising justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Vipin Sanghi on Tuesday granted two months to the Delhi government to find “short- and long-term” solutions to the problem of waterlogging in the city.
The breather came after the government’s standing counsel Najmi Waziri submitted that the third meeting of the 15-member coordination committee was scheduled to be held on Tuesday to prepare an action plan.
“Various agencies, including the municipal corporations, will come forward with measures to handle the water-logging problem. The committee will also look into suggestions from IIT professors,” Waziri said. The bench sought a status report from the government and fixed December 14 as the next date of hearing.
In fresh trouble for the government, Justice Rajiv Shakdher of the high court directed it to respond to a contempt plea, charging the authorities with non-compliance of the court’s previous order to build a foot overbridge (FOB) near Jangpura Metro station in six months.
Issuing contempt notices to the chief secretary of the Delhi government, the transport commissioner and the general manager of Delhi Integrated Multi-Model Transit System, the court sought their replies by December 18 on the contempt plea filed by Jangpura Residents Welfare Association.
Respite for employees
The Delhi High Court came to the rescue of nearly 1,000 employees of the ailing shopping cooperative Super Bazaar and stayed its recent notice asking the workmen not to report to duty.
Justice Suresh Kait also issued notices to Cooperative Store Ltd Super Bazaar and Writers and Publishers which is managing the cooperative’s affairs.