Vasant Kunj split over widening of Mahipalpur road

A day after court stayed widening of road,many say they want project to be completed.

Written by Yogesh Rajput | New Delhi | Published:February 28, 2013 2:19 am

A day after court stayed widening of road,many say they want project to be completed.

Even as a city court stayed ongoing widening of a road in Vasant Kunj,based on a petition filed by residents welfare association (RWA),Sector-D,Pocket-2,other residents of the area said they were in favour of the project.

They said it was essential for decongesting Vasant Kunj and providing an alternative route to the Delhi airport and Gurgaon.

The Public Works Department (PWD),the implementing agency for the project,is carrying out the widening work of Mehrauli-Mahipalpur Road from Andheria More to Masoodpur.

This road,currently between 16-30 metres wide,is being widened to 75 metres and increasing the number of carriageways from four to eight.

The RWA of Sector-D,Pocket-2,comprises 64 flats owners and it sought a court stay on construction claiming that it violates their right over the land and could compromise their safety.

“The main problem is that there is no clarity from PWD on how much the road will be widened. We are unaware whether the service road running along the boundary wall will also be included. If the traffic runs very close to our houses,it will create a lot of noise pollution,” M P Goel,president of the RWA said.

The court had noted that the demolition of the colony’s boundary wall meant that the colony stands exposed to all kinds of hooligans and ruffians.

The residents of this pocket claimed that they met several government officials and politicians before they decided to approach the court.

“We had complained to every possible authority,including the Lieutenant-Governor,UTTIPEC,our MLA Yoganand Shastri,and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. Everyone gave us assurances that the project would stop but PWD still continued with the work,” Anuradha,a resident of the Sector-D,Pocket-2,said.

The petition filed by the residents had also stated that the widening would destroy at least 1,000 trees.

Meanwhile,other residents of Vasant Kunj said the project was necessary not only to provide another link to the airport from south Delhi,but also to ease traffic within the colony.

“This road will be an essential link for people going towards Gurgaon and the airport from south Delhi. Widening of the road is a must to ease the bottlenecks. Some residents of Sector-D,Pocket-2,have encroached upon government land and claim it to be their own,” Amit Aggarwal,RWA member of Sector-A,Pocket-B and Pocket C,said.

“It would ease the traffic situation as the traffic volume on the road has increased substantially over the years. But the government should consider building an foot overbridge. This would help children and senior citizens,” S M Ahmed,a resident of Sector-A,Pocket-B,said.

Residents from other sectors in Vasant Kunj said they will not pay the price for “vested interest of a few”.

“Every time the government tries to do something for the welfare of the public,some people always try to disrupt it. The issue of pollution is not new. There is a lot of air and noise pollution inside colonies due to vehicles passing through the area,” Ashok,resident of Sector-A,Pocket-C,said.

PWD maintained that the land where the boundary wall is belongs to Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and is essentially a grill that was put up by the government.

“The land belongs to DDA and was handed over to PWD for this project. We have not cut any trees as we are still awaiting permission from the Ministry of Environment and Forests. We had just started removing shrubs from this area,’’ a PWD official said.

(The reporter is a student of EXIMS)

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