Delhi: Agencies get two weeks’ time to submit reply on encroachments in Greater Kailash-II

Delhi: 8 April, 2022 (Times of India)


NEW DELHI: Taking cognisance of Greater Kailash-II Residents’ Welfare Association’s petition regarding increasing encroachment in the area and inaction of authorities, Delhi High Court has given two weeks’ time to all agencies, including SDMC, DJB, PWD and Delhi Police, to submit a reply.

The GK-II RWA claimed that it had filed a PIL on March 22 and the matter was first listed on April 1. The case was later listed to be heard on April 5 by the bench dealing with cases relating to street vendors and tehbazaris.

The petition stated, “The respondents failed to comply with their legal and social obligations to remove illegal encroachments and nuisance faced by residents and visitors to GK-II, which was pointed out using contemporaneous documents and photographs of the said encroachments. There has been a lack of action despite repeated complaints against vendors, hawkers, builders, etc.”

 “The respondents conducted one or two drives, but these failed to resolve the grave issue of encroachment. The authorities cannot shirk away their responsibility by not discharging their statutory, legal and social duties. It is their responsibility to ensure that roads, lanes, back-lanes are kept clear from illegal encroachments,” added the petition.

GK-II RWA president Sanjay Rana said, “The existing situation has left us with no other choice but to approach the court. On April 5, the court took cognisance of the matter and issued a notice to all the authorities concerned. The residents just want the situation to become normal.”

The next hearing is on May 13. TOI had highlighted the matter on March 6, which was referred to in the petition. While the court has given two weeks to the agencies to submit replies, one week would be given to the petitioner to submit a rejoinder affidavit.

“The encroachments have only increased, and the builders have completely stopped adopting corrective measures. This has led to serious health issues to the residents of GK-II, apart from other obstructions in carrying out essential and other services. Hawkers do not have valid licences to vend in no hawking zones, as required under Delhi Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Rules, 2017. This makes them illegal encroachers on public land built for the purpose of public enjoyment,” the RWAs stated in the petition.

SDMC officials claimed they had not received any notice in the matter.