Dismissing local residents' pleas that the land on which MCD wanted to construct a primary school in West Delhi was a park, the Delhi High Court has given a go ahead to the civic body to carry out its plan.
"If your children are studying in the school, would you oppose the construction of the building?. You are opposing it because your children are studying in other public schools," a vacation bench of Justice AK Sikri and Justice PK Bhasin told senior counsel Sandeep Sethi appearing for the residents.
The issue involved construction of a primary school building by the MCD on a 15,000 square yards Government land in South Patel Nagar as presently the classes are being run under tents.
Though the school with a strength of over 300 students existed since 1959, no pucca building had been constructed at the place due to paucity of funds.
According to the MCD's counsel Smita Shankar as per the "redevelopment" plan of Ranjit Nagar, Shadipur and Khanpur prepared by the DDA, the site in question was earmarked for a primary school, as a sequel to which a permanent building was being constructed by the corporation.
However, a section of the residents filed a petition challenging MCD's move to construct the school building on the ground that the land was meant for use as a public park for the local people.
But the petitioners' counsel could not give proper replies on the bench's query as to why they did not object to the school being run at the place since 1959 and were now raising the issue at a time when the MCD decided to construct a permanent building at the place.