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Urban Arts body inspects parking site

delhi Updated: Feb 11, 2010 00:48 IST
Nivedita Khandekar
Nivedita Khandekar
Hindustan Times
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A team of Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) on Wednesday visited the site proposed for a six-storey underground parking on Sher Shah Suri Marg.

The team expressed its displeasure at the way construction was being carried out at the site without sanctions.

The parking lot has been proposed for the Delhi High Court.

Sources said the DUAC team found hundreds of workers at the site with almost 30 feet of earth dug up.

The project had earlier run into trouble when the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) issued ‘stop work’ notice to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which is getting the work done for the high court.

The work threatened the existence of a tomb on the premises, which has been notified as a heritage structure under the NDMC’s jurisdiction.

This makes it mandatory for any construction in the area to have an approval of the heritage conservation committee.

In January, the DMRC put up barricades to facilitate work on an underpass connecting the parking site with the court.

Neither the NDMC and nor the DUAC or the Unified Traffic and Transport Integrated Planning and Engineering Centre, a regulatory body for infrastructure projects, had given a clearance for the same.

“Last week we had called the DMRC for a meeting and today, we went there (at the site) for clear assessment,” said DUAC chairperson K.T. Ravindran.

“We have asked the DMRC to come to us through the NDMC only,” he said and refused to speak further.

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