Delhi sealing drive: Supreme Court raps DDA, says authorities waiting for disaster to happen

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New Delhi | Published: February 6, 2018 1:57:54 PM

Delhi sealing drive: The Supreme Court on Monday slammed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and questioned their proposals to change the city's Master Plan 2021.

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ratio (FAR) for shop-cum-residence plots and complexes at par with residential plots. (Photo: PTI)

Delhi sealing drive: The Supreme Court on Monday slammed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and questioned their proposals to change the city’s Master Plan 2021. The SC is currently heading the case related to the sealing drive that is going on in the city. While expressing its disapproval over the current condition in the city, the apex court said civic authorities are keeping their eyes shut and waiting for a disaster to happen. It added, the DDA was “succumbing to some pressure”.

A bench comprising of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta is currently hearing the case. They said, “Everybody in Delhi is just keeping their eyes closed and waiting for disaster to happen. You (civic bodies) have learnt nothing from Uphaar fire tragedy and incidents in Bawana and Kamala Mills.”

While the traders in Delhi are facing the threat of sealing, the Delhi Development Authority, recently proposed a move that would come as a big relief to many. The proposal of the DDA was to bring uniform floor area ratio (FAR) for shop-cum-residence plots and complexes at par with residential plots. The Floor Area ratio proposed by DDA means the ratio of a building’s total floor area to the size of the piece of land upon which it is built.

During the hearing in the apex court, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi talked about the recent proposal of DDA. Advocate Rohtagi was appearing for some of the petitioners in the SC. On hearing about the new proposal, the Supreme Court questioned DDA about people, who are staying in Delhi and said they need to hear the people also and not just some people.

While referring to the ongoing sealing drive against illegal constructions in the national capital, the bench said, “Are you (DDA) looking after the interest of the people of Delhi or not?” The top court then further stressed on the rule of law, saying the city is already suffering problems related to pollution, waste management and others.

Justices Madan B Lokur while talking about the same said, “Twenty out of 13 most polluted cities of the world are in India. Delhi is perhaps the most polluted. I do not know what civic authorities are doing in Delhi.” The SC further directed the Delhi Development Authority to file an affidavit within two weeks, indicating the changes it proposes in Master Plan 2021.

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