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.
“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.
Delhi is likely to see a partly cloudy sky on Monday, with the minimum temperature to stay at 29 degrees Celsius, according to the Indian Meteorological Department. The maximum temperature, however, is predicted to reach 40 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature on Sunday was 29 degrees Celsius, one degree above normal, while the maximum temperature was 40.6 degree Celsius, three degrees above normal. The prominent pollutants in Delhi's air were PM2.5 and PM10.
Bihar police on Monday arrested a Maoist and recovered huge cache of arms and ammunitions including a China made assault rifle. The police had launched a drive against suspected Maoists at Gaya, Aurangabad and Banka districts. One Insas rifle, AK-56, AK-47, assault rifle, two country made rifles, under barrel grenade launcher (UBGL), eight hand grenades, 600 live cartridges, nine magazines, one quintal ammonium nitrate (explosives) and some Maoists' literature were recovered.
IKEA, the Swedish-founded, Dutch-headquartered multinational conglomerate, saw huge crowds in Bengaluru and a bumper weekend. This was also the fist weekend since the firm - that sells and designs ready-to-assemble furniture - opened the Karnataka capital's first store for the public. This happens to be the fourth store, however, for India - other stores are in Hyderabad, Navi Mumbai and Worli. Expectedly, the firm said it was "overwhelmed".
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday said his government has prepared a plan to promote natural farming on 50,000 acres of land. He said that farmers having land below 2.5 acres will be provided 50% subsidy for buying indigenous cows if they voluntarily adopt natural farming. Haryana agriculture minister JP Dalal said that 700 agriculture development officers will be recruited soon to provide better assistance to the farmers.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday launched state narcotics control bureau's 'Mission Drug Free Haryana' on the occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illegal Trafficking. He said that to keep youths away from drugs, 1,100 sport nurseries will be set up in the state and Haryana will soon emerge as a sports hub of the country with 1,000 coaches and yoga teachers.