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HC reserves order on millennium bus depot

The High Court had in 2012 directed the DTC to relocate the depot or get the Master Plan Delhi 2021 amended to continue the operations of the millennium bus depot. —file photo  

The Delhi High Court on Monday reserved its order on an application of the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) seeking to retain the millennium bus depot on the Yamuna riverside.

The plea has sought six months’ time to approach the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for getting the land use of the depot site changed in order to prevent its shifting.

The High Court had in 2012 directed the DTC to relocate the depot or get the Master Plan Delhi 2021 amended to continue the operations of the millennium bus depot, which was constructed during the 2010 Commonwealth Games on the banks of the Yamuna.

Senior advocate Shanti Bhushan, appearing for two environmental activists, on whose writ petition the High Court had passed directions, said the DTC, which had earlier given an undertaking to shift the depot, could not go back on its word now.

The DTC had undertaken before the court in January last year that it would shift the depot to an alternative site provided by the DDA by October 31, 2014. The court later extended the time till August 20 this year.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath reserved the order on the application after hearing brief arguments.

While the DTC had earlier told the Bench that the issue of changing land use of the depot site was being examined by the Urban Development Ministry, the DDA said that the change was not possible in view of prohibition by the National Green Tribunal on construction in the areas demarcated as zone ‘O’.

The DTC has sought six more months to approach the DDA for changing the land use from ‘river and water body’ to ‘transportation’.

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