30 Dec 2018
Complete Chandni Chowk parking-lot by September 2020: Delhi-HC to NDMC
The Delhi High Court has directed the North Delhi Municipal Corporation to ensure completion of a parking lot at Gandhi Maidan in crowded Chandni Chowk area of the walled city by September 2020.
A bench of justices S Muralidhar and Sanjeev Narula directed the fire department, Delhi Urban Arts Commission, and Heritage Conservative Committee to give no objection certificates (NOC) by January 31, 2019.
Give NOC for Rs. 445 crore multi-level parking project: HC
The bench directed the fire department, the Delhi Urban Arts Commission, the Heritage Conservative Committee, and other local authorities to give no objection certificates (NOC) for the Rs. 445 crore multi-level parking project.
It also directed the Environment Ministry to forthwith process the Corporation's application for getting environment clearance (EC) for the project and convey its decision to the municipal body by January-end.
Complete project by September 2020: HC to concerned parties
The court emphasized that the timelines mentioned for obtaining the NOC and EC be "strictly adhered to" so that the project is completed by September 2020.
It also directed the Commissioner of the Corporation, who is awaiting a fresh posting by way of transfer, to "clear the pending files before him for orders of sanction and other issues concerning the Gandhi Maidan parking project."
The new parking structure will have 6 levels
"The mere fact that he (Commissioner) may be transferred should not delay the completion of the work in accordance with the agreed timelines," the HC bench said.
Currently, the Gandhi Maidan parking, situated adjacent to the Chandni Chowk Metro Station, can accommodate 650 cars.
The new structure will have six levels, including three underground floors.
One floor will be reserved for commercial activities.
PIL by NGO Manushi Sangathan led to this HC order
The new structure will create additional parking space for more than 2,500 cars, the Corporation had earlier told the court.
The directions from court came while hearing PILs filed by NGO Manushi Sangathan and others in 2007 on the issue of redevelopment of Chandni Chowk area and creation of lanes for non-motorized vehicles.
The court, in this matter, had asked to decongest the area.
Along with parking lot, court ordered construction of lanes, bus-stops
The court has ordered registration of cycle-rickshaws plying in Chandni Chowk, construction of a parking lot at Gandhi Maidan for private vehicles, a bus depot at Dangal Maidan near Old Delhi Railway Station and creation of non-motorized vehicle lanes.
All these projects are part of the main plan to re-develop Chandni Chowk and it is being actively monitored by the high court.