A prime property at a prime location has become a bone of contention between the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
The disputed property — 8, Jantar Mantar Road — is spread over more than 10,000 sq metres. It was acquired by the government in 2000 and handed to the DMRC.
The DMRC that now wants to develop the property commercially approached the civic body for the required sanctions. But the civic body “raised certain issues” and rejected the plan.
“The DMRC applied for commercial use plans for 8, Jantar Mantar Road and their plans were rejected twice as the Land Use is residential (and) the land was allotted to DMRC for integrated mass transport,” NDMC sources told HT.
The DMRC has been claiming that unless it is allowed to raise money through commercial development along its corridor, the mass rapid transport system will become financially unviable and a burden on the government.Metro’s chief public relations officer Anuj Dayal agreed that the NDMC had raised “certain issues”.
“One of the issues was to get a clearance from Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on whether or not the plot fell within the Lutyen’s Bungalow Zone (LBZ). It is still pending with the DDA,” he said.
“Another clearance we require is from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as this plot is very close to the protected heritage monument of Jantar Mantar.”
“We are not carrying out any work at the site,” he said. Stating that a case related to the site is sub-judice, Dayal refused to divulge further information.
The original owner of the site had dragged the DMRC to Delhi High Court. One of the heirs of Hotel Imperial, Adil Singh Akoi, had appealed to the high court to quash a DMRC tender for a five-star hotel on the site.