The Mayawati government on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Centre to allow it to use about 285 acre it owns in South Delhi for residential and commercial purposes.
The Uttar Pradesh (UP) government, which has challenged the acquisition of 21 acre of its land by the Delhi government to widen the Uttar Pradesh link road connecting the Commonwealth Games village to Noida, requested the court to direct the Urban Development Ministry and the Delhi Development Authority to do the needful in this regard.
UP owns two pieces of land in South Delhi — about 100 hectares (247 acre) in Aali village at Mathura Road and about 15 hectares (37 acre) in Okhla village.
The state government has already “requested for change of land use of both pieces of
land to residential, accommodation for officers and offices of the state government and the related uses and incidental public and semi-public facilities, which go along with such land uses,” it said.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan asked the parties to sit together with Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati on April 30 to attempt a solution and report it back to the court
Delhi Government was represented by its standing counsel Najmi Waziri.
Senior counsel Mukul Rohtagi, on behalf of the Uttar Pradesh government, told the bench that the issue of untreated sewage flowing into the Yamuna had been resolved
in the last meeting of the chief secretaries of the states on April 20.
Describing the two issues as “important”, the Mayawati government has made it a pre-condition to reach an amicable solution for making available the 21 acre land to Delhi as and when required for widening the UP link road.
The Delhi government had last year acquired the land and the Delhi HC dismissed the UP government’s challenge.