STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 11 March
The Delhi High court today restrained the city government and municipal bodies from changing the land use of any road in the Capital without its prior approval.
Citing an apex court order relating to change of land use of roads in Delhi, the HC bench of Justice Manmohan asked the government and the three municipal corporations to seek a judicial order in a pending petition in the High court on the issue before issuing any fresh notification in this regard.
"Keeping in view the aforesaid categorical order of the Supreme Court, the respondents are restrained from issuing any fresh notification from declaring any road in Delhi as commercial/ mixed land use without leave of this court in writ petition 4677/1985," said the bench.
The said direction was given on the plea of a society of Rajouri Garden residents who have been aggrieved with the government’s proposal to notify 351 roads in Delhi as mixed land or commercial use and which is currently awaiting the approval of the Lt Governor.
"No fresh notification under the Master Plan Delhi 2021 be issued for changing the land use of any road in the national capital without conducting a proper survey," urged the society in its petition.
The bench also issued a notice seeking the responses of the government and municipal bodies by 17 July.
It will now hear the matter on 17 July.