Justify Jaipur metro project: HC to Raj govt

Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday asked the authorities to justify the metro-rail project for the city, seeking to know how it is not a wastage of national property.

Last Updated: Mar 09, 2011, 22:03 PM IST

Jaipur: Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday asked
the authorities to justify the metro-rail project for the
city, seeking to know how it is not a wastage of national
property.

A single judge bench of Justice Mahesh Bhagwati asked
the Rajasthan government to file a response to a petition
challenging the Jaipur Metro Rail project.
The plea terms the project as a wastage of national
property and natural resources of the city.

The petition, filed by M/s Manhohar Book Depot and 13
other shops near to station road, has challenged the
acquisition of land for metro project and alleged that it has
been launched without conducting proper study.

The metro station at the main railway station circle
was originally proposed to be constructed at Hasanpura flyover
limb, but the plan has been abruptly changed and it will
result in business losses as well as a large number of shops
will be razed, petitioners argued.

They requested the court to stay the first half of
laying down of metro rail track from Chanpole Baazaar to
Railway Station.
Shop owners prayed before the court that the state
government should be asked to make necessary arrangements for
electricity and water for the metro project and for the
construction and running of the metro stations. They pleaded
resources available for residents of Jaipur must not be
allowed to be used for the project.

After hearing arguments on behalf of all the 14
petitioners, Justice Bhagwat issued show cause notice to state
authorities as also to Jaipur metro rail corporation and the
land acquisition officer.

PTI