Delhi High Court on Wednesday restrained Delhi Development Authority from auctioning any plot of land in Rohini, which it had acquired for its residential scheme 1981, till further orders.
The land measuring approximately 4,068 hectares represents almost all of DDA’s landholding in Rohini.
The sudden stay is a step to compel DDA to allot plots to around 25,000 applicants for middle-income, low-income and Janta (poor) category plots, who have been waiting for land for 28 years.
The order by a bench of Chief Justice AP Shah and Justice S Muralidhar came on a petition filed by an applicant of the 1981 scheme, Rahul Gupta.
In his petition, Gupta said DDA had placed 1,17,000 plots for auction but only 84,000 people had applied. Yet, 25,000 registrants were still waiting for allotment.
DDA’s explanation to the court on September 23, the last date of hearing, was that there was no more land available for auction, and they had approached the Urban Development Ministry seeking relaxation of norms for making available more land for residential use.
But Gupta questioned the subsequent allotment of land to a large number of co-operative group housing societies when DDA had not planned for them initially. Also, he argued, the development body had made the allotments ignoring the 1981 allottees’ claim.