Further extending the time given to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) to shift the controversial 50-acre Millennium bus depot from its present location on the Yamuna bank, the Delhi High Court on Monday asked the agencies to speed up the process and vacate the land by August 20.
The court of Justice Suresh Kait issued the directions after the DDA and the DTC handed over status reports claiming that a significant amount of work had been done. The court also declined the plea of the counsel for the petitioner, Reena George, that the DTC had initially given an undertaking to shift the site by October 31 last year.
Environmentalist Anand Arya had in 2013 filed a contempt of court plea against the DTC, stating that the government had not implemented a 2012 order of the High Court to shift the bus depot.
The DDA, in its affidavit, has stated that it has handed over three parcels of land at Rohini, Sarai Kale Khan and Narela for shifting of the depot. A fourth site of over 16 acres at Anand Vihar in East Delhi has been allotted to the DTC but possession has not been handed over as the corporation has not paid the lease amount of Rs 67 crore for the land, DDA counsel advocate Rajiv Bansal said.
The DTC, in its status report through advocate Avnish Ahlawat, has stated that it has already shifted 200 buses from the depot to Khanjhawla and Narela.
With respect to the Rohini site, the DTC has said work on constructing an approach road as well as boundary wall are in advanced stage of completion and once three depots are built there, it could house 350 buses.
On the site at Sarai Kale Khan, whose possession is with the Transport department, the DTC said the project cost is awaiting approval and the Karkari More land at Anand Vihar is yet to be freed from encroachment.
The 50-acre depot was built on the banks of the Yamuna initially as a temporary depot during the Commonwealth Games and has parking space for around 1,000 buses, besides various facilities, including five workshop-cum-scanning centres, a logistic centre and two CNG-filling stations.