A notice has been issued by the Delhi High Court to the city government and its transport department on a fresh plea for scrapping 5.7-km-long bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor here on the alleged ground that it violated Master Plan 2021.
Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) Ltd (a joint venture firm of Delhi government and the IDFCBSE -0.45 % foundation) has also been asked by the bench of justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Indermeet Kaur , to respond to the Public Interest Litigation plea and fixed the matter for further hearing on April 18.
NGO Nyaya Bhoomi, whose earlier PIL and subsequent review petition were dismissed by the high court on the issue, filed a fresh one saying it had been granted the liberty to move the court again if the BRT corridor from Ambedkar Nagar to Moolchand violated Master Plan 2021.
Another bench of the court had dismissed on November 21 last year the NGO’s plea to review its earlier order by which its PIL against the the BRT corridor had been dismissed.
“Suffice would it be to state that in the writ petition, there is no challenge that BRT corridor does not conform to the Master Plan norms and thus, we think that petitioner cannot even attempt to urge anything with reference to the MPD norms being violated,” the bench had said.
In its fresh PIL, the NGO has sought a direction to scrap the BRT corridor and declare it to be “in gross violation of the Delhi Master Plan 2021 and against the interest of public at large.”
It has also sought “removal of bus stops and the bus lane created with concrete structure and other obstacles from Moolchand flyovers towards Defence Colony …”.
The plea had pointed out that most of the time the bus lane remains free with the situation on other lanes, meant for cars and other vehicles, turning chaotic and the people getting stuck in jams for hours.