The Lieutenant-Governor's office has written to the Delhi Government seeking its comments on the temporary shelter for buses constructed on the Yamuna floodplains.
The presence of the shelter on the riverbed even after the Commonwealth Games got over is in violation of the terms on which the site was allotted to the Delhi Transport Corporation.
“We have been drawing attention to the presence of this bus shelter on the riverbed, yet no action has been taken,” said Manoj Misra, convener of the ‘Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan', a non-government organisation that has been fighting for removal of the temporary shelter.
For the Games
Mr. Misra pointed out that the site was given to the DTC by the Indraprastha Power Generation Company Limited (IPGCL) for temporary parking during Commonwealth Games. “A letter and a map dated November 13, 2009, clearly states that the transfer of land is purely on temporary basis and vacant possession of the same shall be given back to IPGCL after CWG-2010,” said Mr. Misra.
He went on to add: “ Commonwealth Games 2010 were held between October 3 and 14 and it is now almost a month since its conclusion. Yet, there is no attempt being made to rid the floodplains of the structure.”
In a letter to Tejendra Khanna, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta, the YJA has pointed out that over 61 acres of floodplains are being occupied in violation of the L-G's conditions under which the land was temporarily allotted only for the duration of Commonwealth Games.
“The DTC's continuing occupation and concretisation of the land at the site in the river bed is not just in violation of the L-G's orders and the transfer of land by the IPGCL but also in violation of the Master Plan 2021 and all the regulatory agencies and statutory authorities concerned in the matter,” said Mr. Misra.