BRT corridor: HC seeks Delhi govt's response
New Delhi: The city government was Monday asked by the Delhi High Court to respond to a plea for review of its judgement which had dismissed the petition for scrapping the bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor in South Delhi.
The review petition said the court had rejected the plea without dealing with the aspect that the 5.8-km road stretch between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand was against the Master Plan Delhi (MPD) 2021 norms.
"Government counsel to seek instruction from the Transport Department in respect to the width of the road from Ambedkar Nagar to Moolchand by November 21," said a bench of justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Manmohan Singh.
The bench also told the counsel for petitioner NGO Nyay Bhoomi that "this ground that BRT violates MPD 2021 was not there in their writ petition."
The high court had on October 18 held that the BRT corridor project was not an 'irrational decision' of the government and had dismissed the plea to scrap it after a nine-month-long hearing.
The review petition has referred to the court's observation that the row over the BRT erupted because the Delhi government had chosen one of the 'narrowest' and most 'congested' stretches for its pilot project.
"MPD 2021 is a statutory plan and has the force of law. As per the master plan, the BRT cannot exist on a road less than 45 metres in width," the plea said.
NGO President B B Sharan said, "Under the master plan of Delhi 2012, BRT is conceived on the road segment where the total width of road is 45 metres and above. However, this court has inadvertently computed 45 metre equal to 100 feet, whereas 45 meters comes to about 150 feet..."
The plea also said that "the MPD mandates maximum use and utilisation of the road but in this BRT project, 45 percent of the road space is under utilised.