Why are rich being spared, SC asks DDA
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) found itself at the receiving end of the Supreme Court on Thursday with the court hauling it up for the anti-encroachment drive failing to act against the rich who usurped pavements and street spaces outside their residences.
“There are big bungalows in the city which are encroaching on public land. Pavements and streets in front of these bungalows are used for building homes for guards. Why are you not taking action against them?” the court asked DDA.
As DDA placed its status report on its anti-encroachment drive backed with photographs, a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta slammed the agency for amending Delhi Master Plan 2021 in a hurry without giving citizens full opportunity to file objections. Significantly, the bench asked DDA to be ready with an alternative plan in case the court negated the law providing immunity to illegal structures and amendments to the master plan.