Delhi HC rejects petition against housing scheme for urban poor
In a boost to Sheila Dikshit government, the Delhi High Court on Friday rejected a petition which had challenged a low-cost housing scheme for the urban poor.
New Delhi: In a boost to Sheila Dikshit
government, the Delhi High Court on Friday rejected a petition
which had challenged a low-cost housing scheme for the urban
poor, claiming the land belonged to Gaon Sabha and was
designated for the purpose of growth centre for villagers.
The High Court, however, directed the villagers of
Kanjhawala to make a representation to the Delhi Lieutenant
Governor (LG) before he issues the notification for
implementation of the Rajiv Ratna Awas Yojna under the DLR
"The proposal for utilization of land for growth centres
was cancelled and the land has been transferred to DSIDC for
housing project. There is, thus, merit in the stand of the
Govt. of NCT of Delhi that the writ petition is premature as
the exercise has not been completed by issuance of a
notification though the material has been placed before
the L.G," said a Division Bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul.
The Bench accepted the arguments of Standing Counsel
Najmi Waziri that housing for urban poor is a major problem in
Delhi and the land was to be utilised for the scheme.
The court said "the villages` needs are sought to be
taken care of as per the exercise and thus we find nothing
arbitrary or illegal in the Govt of NCT of Delhi seeking to
utilize the land which has been declared surplus/excess under
Proviso to Section 154 of DLR Act in accordance with
For Rajiv Ratan Awas Yojna, the Delhi government has
chosen the villages like Kanjhawala and Bawana for
construction of more than lakh houses for the urban poor.
The Kanjhawala villagers, however, claimed in the
petition that the land either should be utilised for the
growth centre or returned to the Gaon Sabha but wanted that it
should not be utilised for any other project.