The Rajasthan high court on Wednesday ordered the removal of 118 illegal coaching centres in Jaipur’s Lal Kothi area by March 31, a verdict which a centre owner said would be challenged legally.
SC Gupta, the counsel for petitioner Ghasiram, argued before the division bench of acting Chief Justice Ajit Singh and Justice AS Grewal that these coaching centres illegally mushroomed in about 15 colonies in Lal Kothi area.
He said as per norms, no coaching centre can be allowed in areas where the width of the road is less than 40 feet.
“Most of the coaching centres are functioning in violation of this rule. These centres are operating in residential colonies without approval from authorities. They have become a source of sound pollution and other civic problems,” Gupta said.
Despite several complaints to Jaipur civic body and development authority, the petitioner said, no action has been taken against these coaching institutes.
In September 2015, the court had issued notices to the chief secretary, principal secretary, urban development and housing, commissioner, Jaipur Development Authority, and CEO of the Jaipur Municipal Corporation on this matter.
The JDA had informed the court that notices have been served to 118 coaching centers and their replies sought by February 15.
Advocates have filed an application on behalf of landlords and students and their applications are pending in court. “We have 700 students at Lal Kothi. Relocating them on a short notice is not possible. This is why we have decided to file a petition in the Supreme Court against the verdict and seek more time,” Aldine CA Academy director Kuldeep Gurjar said.
The JDA said it was ready to take steps against these coaching centres. “Barring three-four coaching centers at Lal Kothi, almost every coaching centre violates the government norms. There are norms such as 300 yard space for the centre, separate toilets for boys and girls, a 40-feet wide road opposite to the centre, etc. JDA will not take the responsibility of their relocation,” JDA Deputy Commissioner, Zone 3, OP Shashi said.