Putting an end to the controversy over Millennium Depot, built in Yamuna bank area ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2010, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) handed over the possession of one of the three alternative sites picked for the relocation of the Rs 60-crore project.
The site that was handed over to the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) is a 20-acre plot in Rohini near Rani Khera.
The other two plots — Institute of Driving Training & Research (IDTR) at Sarai Kale Khan and a site at Karkari More in East Delhi — have been earmarked by the DDA as alternative sites for the depot. Work to hand over the sites possession is underway, officials said.
“To begin the process of relocation, we have handed over possession of the land to DTC. However, we are still working out the payment options,” a senior DDA official said.
The bus depot spread over nearly 50 acres along the banks of Yamuna was built by the then Sheila Dikshit government on a temporary basis and was supposed to be shifted out soon after the CWG games were over.
Later, environmentalists filed petitions with the National Green Tribunal on the grounds that the depot depot was damaging the ecologically sensitive field in the area. The NGT took cognizance of the case and soon the matter went to the Delhi High Court.
In January, the Arvind Kejriwal-led government had told the court that it would relocate the bus depot within nine months. In May, the DDA had told the court that it would be giving plots at three separate places, the Rohini site being one of them, to the city government to relocate the depot.
A review meeting was held at the Raj Niwas recently to ascertain the status of the pending allotments of land to the DTC for the shifting of the depot.
“The land currently occupied by the IDTR will be made available to the DTC after the institute is relocated. We might be able to hand over the possession for this site soon,” a senior official said.
For the third site at Karkari More, the official said, DDA was thinking to “hire a consultant” to work out the land use.
The bus depot has parking space for around 1,000 low-floor buses besides various other facilities, including five workshop-cum-scanning centres, a logistic centre and two CNG-filling stations.