Delhi HC takes NBCC, DDA to task

Delhi HC takes NBCC, DDA to task

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Delhi High Court has criticised the replacement of two-storey buildings with high rises and has sought a detailed response from the NBCC Ltd and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and explain the meaning of redevelopment and banned the axing of 16,500 trees for a residential project till further orders.

A bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar said the court would not allow Delhi to die at the cost of the redevelopment project and warned of doing away with it if required.

The court also asked NBCC and DDA to file a detailed reply and explain why it was necessary to cut trees and how did they change the Master plan on the matter retrospectively.

The HC also observed that the residential project spanning six south Delhi colonies would create traffic chaos near the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Safdarjung Hospital. The court warned of giving orders regarding demolition of East Kidwai Nagar, if required, as it seems to be haphazard and has an impact on neighbouring hospitals.

Contending that Delhi houses a large population of avian fauna and trees species, the bench also sought to know whether the project will impact the environment.

The court listed the matter for July 26 and asked the Centre and the Delhi Government to file their responses on a plea filed by orthopaedic surgeon Kaushal Kant Mishra, who challenged permission to cut trees for the residential project.