The Delhi High Court has directed the DDA to comply with its previous order and remove unauthorised constructions,including some religious structures,from a residential colony in South Delhis Jungpura locality.
Issuing notice to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) as well as the city government,Justice G S Sistani directed them to file a compliance affidavit within four weeks. If the compliance affidavit is not filed within the time allowed,it may be filed before the next date of hearing subject to the payment of Rs 2,500, Justice Sistani said.
The court order came on a contempt petition filed by the Jangpura Residential Welfare Association (RWA) through counsel R K Saini and Vikas Saini alleging that the authority failed to remove structures styled as a mosque and a Balmiki temple around the colony in Jangpura-B block despite the Courts July,2008 directive in this regard.
According to the petitioner,despite repeated reminders and representations,DDA has failed to discharge its legal duties in taking appropriate steps for immediate removal of encroachments and illegal structures. The counsel submitted that following the courts order,the religious committee had cleared for removal of the structure styled as mosque.
The land lease to the Balmiki temple was cancelled and a petition,filed by the Temple Association challenging the cancellation,was dismissed by the court. But no action has been taken by DDA for their removal so far,the counsel argued.
The court has fixed January 14 as the next date for hearing of the contempt petition.