New Delhi [India], February 11 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Thursday gave green signal to project relating to re-development of Kidwai Nagar (East), directing that there must also be strict implementation of the traffic parking and other measures that are suggested by Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure Planning and Engineering Centre (UTTIPEC) in this regard and also asked respondent National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) to ensure that the compensatory tree plantation is completely carried out.
While passing the judgement, a single-judge bench of Justice Navin Chawla said: “This case highlights again the constant fight between development and environment. While the respondents argue for development, the petitioners argue for the environment.”
“It is an established principle of law that Right to Life as envisaged under Article 21 of the Constitution of India includes the right to a clean environment. The right to live with human dignity becomes illusionary in the absence of a healthy environment.”
“However, said rights are not absolute and have to co-exist with sustainable development (M.C. Mehta vs. Union of India and Ors., 2018 SCC Online SC 2122). Therefore, a balance has to be achieved between urban development and ecology and requirements of development, ” the Court said.
A single-Judge bench of Justice Navin Chawla said: “While the project cannot be faulted at the sanction stage, the respondents are directed to ensure a time-bound and expeditious completion of the projects that have been highlighted by it and mentioned hereinabove. There must also be strict implementation of the measures that are suggested by UTTIPEC in this regard.”
However, the Court directed to ensure that due to lack of parking space in the colony, vehicles are not parked outside on the main or the arterial roads. It also noted that Delhi Police affidavit and submissions which has assured of such measures being taken.
“Strict policing and zero tolerance to violation should, therefore, be a norm to be followed in the vicinity of this Project, ” the Court said.
NBCC had submitted that with the availability of Metro near the Project; “walk to work” concept has been adopted, which would encourage lesser use of private vehicles by the residents of the colony.
NBCC has also explained that 256 flats in the colony have been allotted to the organizations who have taken the space in the office complex, which will ensure that these officers at least would not have to use private vehicles to commute to their offices. These organisations have also been allotted 416 number of parking slots. Effort should be made to encourage these organisations to also reduce footfall of general public; incentivizing their workforce to use pooled modes of transport; use of public transport facilities and other means of ensuring a lesser number of private vehicles visiting the Project, NBCC apprised the Court.
“In the present judgment, it has been found that there is an excess space earmarked for commercial purpose. Direction has been issued for the Authorities to consider if the same can be regularized. The
Authorities are directed to also consider the issue of parking of vehicles and effect thereof while considering the issue of regularization, ” the Court said.
The Court also said that there is indeed a shortfall in the compensatory tree plantation by the respondent NBCC.
“It is, therefore, directed that before handing over of the possession of the commercial/office block to the allottees, the respondent no. 19 (NBCC) shall ensure that the compensatory tree plantation is completely carried out, ” the court said.
With these directions, the court disposed of the petition filed by Advocate Aman Lekhi and others seeking appropriate remedy in accordance with the law on issues pertaining to re-development of Kidwai Nagar (East).
The petitioners were represented by advocates Manali Singhal, along with Santosh Sachin, Deepak S. Rawat and Aanchal Kapoor.
Advocate Akshay Makhija was appearing for Centre and lawyer Naushad Ahmed Khan has represented Delhi Government in the matter.
Senior Advocate Pinky Anand with lawyers Manoj K. Das, Kirti Dua, Akshita Goyal, Sumit Teterwal, and Shailesh Singh appeared for NBCC.
Senior Counsel for the NBCC has submitted that the Project has admittedly obtained all the approvals in accordance with the law and since the redevelopment is almost complete and a majority of the occupancy has already been handed over to various flat owners who are currently residing in the complex, the Project warrants no interference by this Court.
The Court in its 96-page judgement also mentioned William Dalrymple’s book the City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi.
“Right from the city of Lal Kot founded by Tomar rulers in 786AD to the present state, Delhi has been built and re-built. In fact, William Dalrymple, author of “City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi” writes in the prologue – “Just as the Hindus believe that a body (sic) will be reincarnated over and over again until it becomes perfect, so it seemed
Delhi was destined to appear in a new incarnation century after century, “the order copy reads. (ANI)
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Reliance urges employees, family members to register for COVID-19 vaccination, to bear all costs
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 5 (ANI): Nita M Ambani, philanthropist, chairperson and founder of the Reliance Foundation, has sent a mail to all Reliance employees and their family members, urging them to register for the government of India’s COVID-19 vaccination programme, and the company would bear the full cost of the vaccination for the employee, spouse, parents and children.
In the mail, the non-executive director of Reliance Industries said cherishing the health and happiness of our family is what it means to be part of a family–the Reliance family.
She said: “With your support, we will soon be able to put the pandemic behind us. Until then do not let your guard down. Continue to take the utmost safety and hygiene precautions. We are in the last stages of the collective battle. Together we must win and we will win.”
Earlier, in the Reliance Family Day 2020 message, chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani had given assurances that as soon as any approved vaccine is available in India, Reliance would plan early vaccination for all employees and family members.
The government has now started the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination programme.
She concluded the letter, “Corona haarega, India Jeetega.” (ANI)
Indian national killed in police firing by Nepal police
Pilibhit (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 5 (ANI): An Indian national sustained injuries in police firing at the Indo-Nepal border allegedly after an argument with the Nepal police and died at a hospital, said Uttar Pradesh Police on Thursday.
The deceased was identified as Govinda, 26, who had gone to Nepal with two other men, Pappu Singh and Gurmeet Singh.
Pilibhit Superintendent of Police Jai Prakash said, “We have received information that three Indian nationals who had gone to Nepal had a confrontation with Nepal Police on some issue. One man has been shot and succumbed to injuries at a hospital. Another one crossed the border and entered the India side to save his life, while the third one is still missing.”
After this incident, tension has increased in the area. The police are monitoring the situation. (ANI)
YSRCP candidates file nominations for legislative council elections
Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], March 5 (ANI) Six Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) candidates for MLC elections under MLA quota filed nominations on Thursday in Amaravati.
Challa Bhageeratha Reddy, Balli Kalyana Chakravarti, C Ramachandraiah, Mohammad Iqbal, Duvvada Srinivas and Karimunnisa have filed nominations yesterday here.
The election is necessitated as four members are retiring from the state legislative council on March 29 who includes Tippeswamy, Sandhya Rani, V V Chowdary and Mohammad Iqbal.
One seat has become vacant as Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose resigned from the council and was elected to Rajya Sabha recently. Another seat became vacant due to the death of MLC Challa Ramakrishna Reddy.
Before filing the nominations, the candidates have met with the Chief Minister and party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy at his camp office in Amaravati.
The Chief Minister handed over the B Forms to the candidates. Later, they filed nominations at the state assembly on the last date (March 4).
Polling will be held for these MLC seats under the MLA quota on March 15 and counting will follow the same day.
The election for two teachers’ MLC seats will be held on March 16. However, YSRCP decided not to contest for those two berths. The party decided to leave them for teachers’ representatives only. (ANI)
NDA to hold meeting to finalise CM, constituency distribution in Puducherry: BJP
Puducherry [India], March 5 (ANI): The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will hold a meeting to finalize the Chief Minister and constituency distribution in the forthcoming elections in Pondicherry, in two days, said BJP president V Saminathan on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters at the BJP headquarters, Saminathan said: “Union Minister McGowan had set up various working committees to expedite the work for the Pondicherry Assembly elections and that a 12-member committee headed by former minister Namasivayam had been set up to prepare the first phase election report.”
He also informed that a committee of 11 people has been formed under his leadership.
He further said that the election report will be prepared based on the wishes and views of the public.
Asking whether the NR Congress was in the alliance or not, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said that the NR Congress was part of the NDA and that a meeting of the leaders of NDA would be held in two days on the Chief Minister and the constituency agreement.
Earlier, Union Minister McGowan and top officials were present and held consultations with BJP executives.
The Congress-led government in the UT fell before completing its five-year term under Chief Minister V Naraynawamy.
Narayanasamy had resigned on February 22 ahead of a floor test in the 33-member House (including three nominated) following the resignations of five Congress and one Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) legislators.
On February 23, President Ram Nath Kovind accepted his resignation.
Kiran Bedi was replaced as state L-G with Telangana governor Tamilisai Soundararajan being given the additional charge of the UT.
The Election Commission has issued a protocol for voting. All poll officials will be vaccinated against Covid-19 before elections for five assembly polls, the commission said.
Central Armed Police Forces would be deployed and also special observers from other states would be nominated for monitoring the expenses during the assembly elections. (ANI)
Strict action will be taken against Sharjeel Usmani, says Maha Deputy CM
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 5 (ANI): Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Thursday said that strict action will be taken against former Aligarh Muslim University student leader Sharjeel Usmani, who is accused of hurting religious sentiments with his comments at the Elgar Parishad in Pune in January.
“Strict action will be taken against Sharjeel Usmani and those who have committed the crime. Nobody will be spared. We have filed a case against him (in Elgar Parishad matter) and police are investigating the matter. What we know is that he is absconding and is in Uttar Pradesh,” said Pawar in the state Assembly session.
on February 2, Pune City Police registered an FIR against former AMU student Sharjeel Usmani for a speech he delivered at an Elgar Parishad event here.
The complaint was filed by Pradip Gawade, Pune regional secretary of Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha, for allegedly hurting religious sentiments and using objectionable words against a particular community.
Usmani had attended the Elgar Parishad event organised at Pune’s Ganesh Kala Krida Manch on January 30. Soon after, a video of him allegedly using objectionable words against the Hindu community went viral and demand for stern action against him was raised. (ANI)
Goa Crime Branch seizes 10 kg Ganja in two raids over three days
Panaji (Goa) [India], March 5 (ANI): A team of Goa Crime Branch has arrested two persons in raids conducted at different locations for allegedly possessing drugs and recovered over 10 kilograms of Ganja.
According to a statement on Thursday, “Crime branch conducted a raid on March 1 and arrested Rajesh, 38, with over five kg Ganja in Margao.”
In another raid, on March 4, the team arrested Pandurang Pakhare, 47 with over four kg Ganja at Mapusa Bus Stand.
During the investigation, accused Rajesh admitted that he was going to supply the drugs in South Goa, while the other confessed that the drugs were to be supplied in North Goa.
Two separate FIRs have been registered. Further investigation in both cases is underway, the police said in the statement. (ANI)
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