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Delhi minister hid facts on land for bus depots: Vijender Gupta

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

After the Delhi government blamed ‘shortage of land’ to accommodate adequate number of buses, leader of opposition Vijender Gupta on Saturday said that Transport Minister of Delhi should resign for hiding the truth on providing land by DDA for bus depots.
Gupta accused and questioned the Delhi Government of not using the land already allotted by DDA.
“DDA allotted lands at Dwarka, Narela, Rohini, Anand Vihar, Karkari More in lieu of 51.06 acres land in Millennium Bus Depot. Land was allotted at Rani Khera in Rohini (20 acres) and Cluster Bus Depot, East Vinod Nagar (96 acres land) on 15 January 2015 but is lying unused,” he alleged.
 He said in addition to the above, DDA had told the Delhi Government in year 2015 that the authority would issue NOC for change of land use and acquisition for any land which the Transport Department of Delhi considered suitable for bus depot or bus terminal.
Besides, Gupta informed that any gram sabha that the Transport Department considered appropriate be referred to DDA for change of land use.
“DDA had also sent norms to Delhi government suggesting construction of modern multipurpose, multi-level parking in existing DTC depots. These will also reduce
dead mileage of DTC,” said Gupta.
He alleged that it was surprising that though the Delhi Government had taken possession of land from DDA for use by DTC it had still not paid about Rs 230 crore to the authority.