City Beat: Delhi's 7 District Centres To Undergo Decongestion Drive [Video]
The Delhi Development Authority has announced that it will upgrade the seven district centres of the city. The decision has been taken to overcome the traffic woes the commuters face in and around Delhi. The new plan for each district will be prepared by the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning & Engineering) Centre. Under the plan, the authority plans to channelise traffic and pedestrians and manage traffic through one-way movement, along with some traffic-calming measures including table-top crossings, 3D zebra markings, rumble strips, etc. This short-term plans will be followed by long-term plans that would include, grade separators, new bypasses, foot overbridges and dedicated non-motorised vehicle lanes.
In another development, after a Delhi High Court ruling that homebuyers cannot be charged service tax on payments made on purchase of under-construction apartments if the total value of the apartment includes the land value, buyers in the national capital region are seeking service tax refunds on installments they have already paid. The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission had ordered for refunds following the court ruling.
Meanwhile, to keep a tab on the land encroachments of the Waqf land, Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has announced that the revenue department would look into the matter and submit the report on the same. Recently, Waqf Board Chairperson Amanatullah Khan had filed a complaint with the Delhi Development Authority about the authority's encroaching upon over 1,100 bighas of Waqf land. According to Khan, certain areas cannot be acquired by any authority but it has taken over such land and built infrastructure over it. This includes Delhi's renowned Millennium Park that, Khan claims, is built on a cemetery.