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SC questions Delhi govt, DDA over proposed amendments in DMP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today directed the government and Development Authority (DDA) to apprise it whether an was conducted before proposing amendments in the master plan, 2021.

A bench of Justices and also asked DDA, and the municipal agencies to file withing a week an affidavit giving details on whether issues like safety of buildings, traffic congestion, parking and availability of civic amenities were taken into account before proposing the amendment.

The bench also asked the authorities to apprise it about availability of statistics with the Central Board and the Committee regarding the pollution level in Delhi from 2007 onwards.

It took serious note of a report of the court-mandated monitoring committee, which is carrying out a sealing drive in Delhi, that MLA O P Sharma and along with their supporters had obstructed the panel members from carrying out their work in Shahdara zone here.

The bench issued show cause notices to Sharma and Gupta asking them to explain why contempt of court action be not initiated against them for interfering in the committee's work.

It directed both of them to remain present before the court on the next date of hearing and listed the matter for further proceedings after two weeks.

The top court also directed the to ensure that protection is given to the members of the monitoring committee so that they can carry out their duties.

The DDA recently proposed bringing uniform floor area ratio (FAR) for shop-cum-residence plots and complexes at par with residential plots, a move that would come as a big relief to traders facing the threat of sealing.

FAR is the ratio of a building's total floor area (gross floor area) to the size of the piece of land upon which it is built.

The apex court had earlier observed that the rule of law over sanction to construct buildings had "completely broken down" in Delhi and expressed concern over illegal construction.

It had also ordered restoration of its 2006 monitoring committee to identify and seal such offending structures.

The monitoring committee, comprising K J Rao, former to the Election Commissioner, Bhure Lal, Chairman, and (Retd) Som Jhingan, was set up on March 24, 2006, by the apex court.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 14:35 IST
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