The Delhi High Court has issued notice to the Railways, North Municipal Corporation and the Delhi Lt-Governor, asking them to explain why the process of land acquisition to complete the Rani Jhansi flyover and grade separator had not been completed.
“Is the court now expected to construct flyovers? What are you doing?” the court of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Jayant Nath said during a hearing on a PIL filed by advocate Arpit Bhargava against the delay in the construction.
In the PIL, Bhargava has alleged that only 54 per cent of the land required for the flyover has been acquired so far, and that there had been a delay on the part of the Railways and the Delhi Jal Board in releasing land.
Referring to status reports filed by government agencies, the plea also states that the government had admitted that between 2009 and 2013, only 30 per cent work had been completed and that the cost of the flyover had gone up from Rs 177 crore to Rs 260 crore.
“There must be a policy in place before any flyover/grade separator, is mooted to ensure timely construction… to benefit the public at large. And in case of any variation/non-compliance of policy/guidelines, erring officials be taken to task, enquiry be initiated and strict action be taken against such officials due to which public exchequer is burdened…,” the plea said.
The court has directed government departments to to submit a fresh status report on the land acquisition and other pending work by May.