OTHERS

Prime land used as godown

NEW DELHI, MAY 20. A prime piece of land meant for green use as per the Master Plan in Sarojini Nagar colony in South Delhi has now become a kabari godown with both the civic body and DDA officials turning a blind eye.

Life of a large number of residents of the adjoining J,K and L Blocks of Sarojini Nagar has become an unpleasant one due to the insanitary conditions on these five acres adjoining the railway line.

``Scores of kabariwalas have made this their home. In fact, the kabari of the entire R.K. Puram, Sarojini Nagar and other Government colonies are brought here. These are then taken away by trucks which visit the area daily,'' alleged a senior Government official staying in the colony.

Residents alleged ``despite officials launching a drive and imposing fine against those dumping garbage, no action has been taken against these people''.

It is learnt that based on their complaints, the Union Urban Development Minister, Mr. Jagmohan, had written to the New Delhi Municipal Council last year about the insanitary conditions of this predominately government colony. He had also directed officials to start prosecution action against the persons concerned for violation of land use. ``But no action has been taken so far,'' they conceded.

The officials said they were reluctant to initiate action as one person has gone to court claiming ownership of the land. As of now, the matter is pending before the Delhi High Court. ``Even though the entire hearing was completed by the court about two- and-a-half years ago, the judgment has not been delivered so far,'' they said.

However, officials were unable to explain why no action so far has been taken against the present occupier of the prime land for violation of land use and dumping garbage at this place. ``This shows that they are hand in glove with those who is earning lakhs by renting out the premises,'' said another senior Government official.