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High Court directs MCD to shift licensed vendors from near INA Market

Court had asked the Chief Secretary to convene the meeting on a petition by DMRC

Vendors had secured a stay from the High Court against their eviction last year

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to shift licensed vendors from near INA Market in South Delhi to a nearby site within a week and hand over the vacated land to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for construction of an entry point to an underground metro station there.

The Court passed the direction following submission of a proposal by the Delhi Chief Secretary to shift the vendors to an alternative site in INA Market itself.

It was a consensus proposal approved at a meeting of the Chief Secretary with the DMRC Managing Director, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi Commissioner, the Officer on Special Duty in the office of the Lieutenant-Governor and the Special Adviser for the Commonwealth Games.

The Chief Secretary had convened the meeting on a direction from the High Court to evolve a consensus among the different official agencies to get the land vacated for DMRC.

Petition

The Court had asked the Chief Secretary to convene the meeting on a petition by DMRC, submitting that construction of the metro line at that point was stalled due to resistance put up by the licensed vendors selling wares on the footpath in front of the market.

The vendors had secured a stay from the High Court against their eviction from the footpath last year.

The Court in its orders on Wednesday said the stay would continue till June 17.

Thereafter no vendors would be allowed to continue there, the Court stated. It also asked the Deputy Commissioner of Police for the area to assist the local body, if required, in getting the land vacated.

The DMRC in its petition had submitted that it had to finish construction of the metro line between Central Secretariat and IFFCO Chowk in Gurgaon by August this year. If construction was delayed, it would mean a huge financial loss which would be a national loss in view of the Commonwealth Games in 2010, the petition submitted.

The DMRC in 2007 was allotted two chunks of land at the place measuring 1636.69 square metres and 349.89 square metres.

Permanent basis

The first portion was allotted to it on a permanent basis and the second portion on a temporary basis to facilitate the construction, but it had not been handed over possession of the two plots so far, hampering construction of the station entry point, the DMRC stated.

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