Illegal Religious Structures Near Metro: HC Seeks DDA Reply
The Delhi High Court (HC) has sought response of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and civic bodies on a public interest litigation for removal of illegal religious structures existing near Metro stations.
A Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar issued notice to the land-owning agency and the civic bodies and sought a status report. It also asked the authorities to ensure that there were no encroachments on public land or near the Metro stations, as pointed out by the petitioner.
The court directed the agencies to place their status report before April 10 next year, the next date of hearing.
Non-governmental organisation Fight for Human Rights had earlier moved the court, seeking direction to the agencies to initiate necessary steps to stop and discourage illegal construction and encroachments on public land and near Metro stations. It also sought immediately removal or demolishing of illegal religious construction existing below Nirman Vihar and Sarita Vihar Metro stations.
The plea alleged that there was a temple built illegally adjacent to the DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) bus stop in Defence Colony. It said that the illegal structures cause obstruction in free movement of pedestrians and vehicles.
With inputs from Housing News