In a major relief to residents of Shahpur Jat village and nearby areas, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed an appeal filed by the residents of Panchsheel Park and allowed the construction of a pedestrian foot over bridge (FOB) on the road between S and N blocks.
The FOB has been a bone of contention between the residents of Shahpur Jat village and Panchsheel Park.
Earlier this month, residents of the village had blocked the Ring Road to demand the construction of the bridge.
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The bench of justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Mukta Gupta upheld the decision of the single bench of the court, which had said that the “the FOB at the existing site would benefit maximum number of people due to the footfall at that point and thus the decision of the Governing Body cannot be said to be arbitrary, whimsical or malafide warranting interference.”
Residents of Panchsheel Park had demanded that the FOB should be shifted.
Welcoming the court order, advocate Aman Panwar, counsel for the Shahpur Jat residents, said, “The division bench of the Delhi HC has upheld public interest over private interest and allowed the construction of the bridge to resume.”
The bench, in its order, has noted that the UTTIPEC had recommended the placing of the bridge on the basis of several factors.
“It was agreed that the location of the FOB should be near Panchsheel flyover; Sadhana Bus Stop should be shifted to benefit maximum users and pavement of 1.8 mts to be left clear of staircase/ ramp/ elevators. The main basis of the decision is the number of pedestrians using the FOB and the footfall being the highest at the point in the area where the FOB was under construction,” noted the bench.