Delhi HC issues notices to MCD, DDA, police

The Delhi Hc Tuesday sought the responses from MCD, DDA and the Delhi police on a group of South Delhi residents` plea for appropriate action against the traders who allegedly encroached on public space.

Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011, 21:20 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi High court Tuesday sought
the responses from MCD, DDA and the Delhi police on a group
of South Delhi residents` plea for appropriate action against
the traders who allegedly encroached on public space and
parked trucks and taxis illegally causing traffic snarl.

Justice G S Sistani, who had earlier allowed the
Jungpura Residents Welfare Association to become a party to
the original contempt plea filed by the Defence Colony Flyover
Association, today issued notices to MCD, DDA and the DCP
(Traffic) and sought their responses by March 23.

In the petition filed through R K Saini, the Jungpura
residents alleged that despite repeated representations to the
police and other civic agencies like DDA and MCD, illegal
parking of trucks, taxis and encroachment by the shops
continued.

According to them, the illegal parkings and
encroachment caused traffic congestion in the locality.

They cited one `Rama Tent House` whose business
activities throughout the day and also at night troubled
residents and several representations against the violators
have been sent to the concerned authorities but no action has
been taken so far.

Accusing the authorities of failure to act against the
encroachers in the past 3-4 years, the residents said "the
association is concerned with smooth flow of traffic and wants
to ensure that footpath for pedestrian walks around roads here
remains available".

The RWA informed the court that widespread encroachment
of public spaces by shopkeepers and traders has led to traffic
snarls. "Regular traffic jams and congestion throughout the
day is common even as footpaths have completely vanished for
pedestrian use", they argued.

PTI