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HC notice to Centre, Delhi over traders? relocation

The Delhi HC issued notices on a petition seeking rehabilitation of the traders affected by the sealing drive, reports Harish V Nair.

india Updated: Nov 09, 2006 05:04 IST

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the Centre, Delhi government and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on a petition seeking rehabilitation of the traders affected by the sealing drive.

The petition filed by ‘Saraansh’—  a welfare association —  sought a direction to the DDA to hand over the surplus land available in the city for commercial use. A bench comprising acting Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Kailash Gambhir directed the Central and state government and DDA to file their reply within four weeks.

The petition submitted that shortage of commercial space in Delhi had resulted in commercial use of residential premises.

The NGO sought a direction to DDA to develop the commercial land on urgent basis and allot it to the general public at subsidised rates. It approached the court against the “inaction and the failure on the part of the DDA in carrying out planned development of Delhi”.

It said DDA had failed both in developing the residential and commercial lands and in allotting commercial built-up lands, which are lying vacant for years.

The petition filed by advocate Nandini Sahai said the planners, while preparing the Master Plan for Delhi, did not have a vision about the future needs and did not take into consideration the rapid economic growth and need for increased space for commercial activities.

“Delhi is growing at a rapid pace mainly because of increasing migration. The more it grows, the more complex do problems of land, housing, transportation and management of essential infrastructure and amenities become,” the petition said.

Email: harish.nair@hindustantimes.com