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The Delhi High Court has sought the PWD’s response on a plea for time-bound implementation of the Jama Masjid redevelopment plan after the North MCD said the project is no longer with it.

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (jama masjid) submitted before a bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Siddharth Mridul that according to a meeting of all the stakeholders held on November 10, the redevelopment project has been handed over to the Public Works Department. “So we will add PWD as a party. Let it file a status report before the next date of hearing. List on February 25,” the bench said.

The court was hearing a plea of various associations representing shop owners and vendors of the area who had been allegedly displaced to implement the redevelopment plan.

The petitioners alleged inaction on the part of the authorities in putting into effect the redevelopment plan despite having obtained all legal permissions from all the agencies concerned as well as sanction of Rs 168 crore as a tentative cost of the project.

On November 5, the court had directed NDMC to submit an affidavit within two weeks on steps taken for redevelopment of Jama Masjid area here after the civic body said it has floated the tender in this regard.

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