PIL rider on DTC bus depot near Games Village

The Delhi High Court has told the Delhi Government and Delhi Transport Corpo-ration that the survival of the sprawling bus parking base on the banks of the River Yamuna near the Commonwealth Games Village will depend on the outcome of PIL filed by environmentalists.
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Updated on Jan 22, 2011 12:58 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

The Delhi High Court has told the Delhi Government and Delhi Transport Corpo-ration that the survival of the sprawling bus parking base on the banks of the River Yamuna near the Commonwealth Games Village will depend on the outcome of PIL filed by environmentalists.

“Any construction carried out shall be subject to outcome of writ petition the defendant (Delhi Government and DTC) shall not claim any special equity right over the same,” said a bench headed by chief justice Dipak Misra on Friday.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by environmentalists challenging the move to use the area as a permanent bus depot and sought a direction for its demolition.

Claiming that the depot was built on the Yamuna riverbed, VK Jain, founder of NGO Tapas said it was supposed to be a temporary structure just for the duration of the Games.

He contended before the court that lieutenant governor (LG) of Delhi had assured that this it was a temporary structure, which will be removed later, and there was no plan for a permanent structure.

Contending that the construction was against the master plan and zonal plan for River Yamuna, Jain said such concretisation will badly effect the water recharge capacity of the area and prove harmful to the river.

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