The vacation bench of Gujarat High Court on Tuesday issued notices to state government, VMC among others on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), challenging a proposed housing scheme for poor in a Muslim-dominated locality to be constructed on a plot which had been reserved for commercial purpose. According to the petitioner, Sadikali Patel, a resident of Tandalja, a Muslim locality, the VMC has planned the housing scheme for Economically Weaker Section on a plot measuring 6,268 sqmetres, which was reserved for commercial purpose when the town planning scheme was passed in 2008-2009.
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The petitioner has said that originally the land belonged to Darul Uloom Baroda which runs several modern schools and madarasa in the adjacent plots. The petitioner has contended that the scheme of the land as prescribed in the town planning can’t be altered for the housing scheme.
It has said that there are 10 other reserved plots which the authority haven’t touched which can be used for residential purposes. On the same issue, another petition has been filed by Darul Uloom Baroda, opposing the construction of housing scheme. Darul Uloom has contended that town planning scheme can’t be changed without following the procedures.