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‘Railways, defence sitting on unused land’

The recommendation is one among several proposed to the ministry to add to the report on decongesting Delhi, submitted by a 19-member inter-ministerial committee to the Prime Minister last year.

The Public Works Department (PWD) has proposed formation of a standing committee to resolve issues of transfer of land for projects. The department, in an official communication to the Ministry of Urban Development, has cited issues relating to the inability in getting permissions for conducting feasibility studies from the Ministry of Defence and the Railways, who are “not forthcoming” in issuing no-objection certificates.

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The recommendation is one among several proposed to the ministry to add to the report on decongesting Delhi, submitted by a 19-member inter-ministerial committee to the Prime Minister last year.

In its communication, the PWD has stated that “several of the projects proposed in the report on decongestion of Delhi will require transfer of land or permissions to PWD for construction on land owned by Railways, Defence, L&DO, Government of Uttar Pradesh and the municipal corporations. Some of the proposals have already been taken up with the Indian Railways and the Ministry of Defence authorities, but even preliminary permissions such as NOC for feasibility studies and surveys on land owned by such agencies is not forthcoming”.

“These agencies own large tracts of unused land such as along the rail tracks, which have also divided the city in segments. Rail tracks are big barriers for shorter routes between arterial roads. There are not enough underpasses/overpasses on the rail tracks in the city to create new road networks, as railways takes a long time to give permissions. Similarly the ring railway and land along it is underutilised. The PWD has already proposed construction of elevated road corridors along such land, providing space for future expansion on the railway tracks,” the letter states.

Some of the proposals that the PWD has taken up with the Ministry of Defence include an elevated corridor from Brar Square on the Ring Road to Toda Pur Road, a flyover at the Cariappa Marg (Jail Road) to Dhaula Kuan and a tunnel road from Janakpuri district center to Rao Tula Ram Marg.