The Delhi High Court has ordered the MCD to seal shops encroaching onto roads and footpaths leading to traffic congestion in Jangpura, Bhogal, Pant Nagar and parts of Defence Colony in south Delhi.
“The menace cannot be stopped until shops running without licence are closed, to ensure that public land, roads and footpaths are not used by such unscrupulous elements. Show cause notice to stop such usage be given to those shops, which have got licence, failing which their licence be revoked. This exercise be completed within four weeks,” said justice Vipin Sanghi.
MCD has been asked to identify the shops and issue showcause notices immediately.
The order came on contempt petitions filed by the Jangpura Residents Welfare Association and Flyover Complex Welfare Association against the civic bodies for not complying with repeated orders of the court since 2002.
Lawyer RK Saini, arguing for Jangpura RWA president Monu Chadha, contended that the Hospital Road in Jangpura was full of encroachments and 75% of the footpath was occupied by motor workshops, dhabas and those who illegally parked their vehicles on it.
Chadha alleged that second hand car dealers, automobile workshops on Defence Colony flyover, and taxi operators were the main culprits.
The judge reminded MCD that “public roads constructed with public money are meant for the use of vehicular traffic and pedestrians, and it should be made available for their use”.
“Obtaining an order and getting it executed are two different things. Residents have been suffering for almost a decade. Civic authorities and police just do not obey court orders,” said Chadha.
The court said it was not satisfied with the compliance affidavit filed by the MCD as the flow of traffic continued to be affected in the area.
“We are not satisfied with the prosecution of the violators. Mere towing away of some scooter or car does not serve the purpose,” the judge said.