Sahara City demolition; Court summons LDA Vice Chairman
The Allahabad High Court on Thursday summoned the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) Vice Chairman for demolishing part of Sahara City on Wednesday night.
A division bench of the court comprising Justice Devi Prasad Singh and Justice Balkrishna Narain summoned the Vice Chairman Ram Bhadur on a petition of Sahara India Commercial Corporation Limited.
On behalf of Sahara, its counsel Virendra Bhatia contended that no further demolition should be taken and status quo maintained.
Another counsel for Sahara, Gaurav Bhatia said outside the court, that as of now they want an interim relief from the court and "contempt of the court matter would be taken at an appropriate time".
A team of Lucknow Development Authority and PWD has demolished the outer walls and watch tower of Sahara City last night.
The LDA authorities had demolished walls, a bridge leading to 'Jal Mahal', auditorium and some residential structures of Sahara Shahar, claiming that they were illegal. LDA wants to construct a 30 metre zonal road in the area.
Sahara Shahar is spread over 270 acres. Of this 170 acres was given by the Lucknow Municipal Corporation on September 27, 1994 and 100 acres by LDA on February 28, 1995 on lease.
Sahara pay Rs one lakh per annum for the 100 acres given to it by LDA.
For paving the way for a 30 meter wide road, a distance of nearly 500 metres inside Sahara Shahar had to be cleared, LDA officials said.
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