Delhi’s civic authorities waiting for disaster to happen: SC
The Supreme Court castigated Delhi’s civic authorities for “keeping their eyes closed” and waiting for disaster to happen, questioning the DDA on its proposals to change the city’s Master Plan 2021. Hearing a matter related to sealing in Delhi, the apex court said it appeared that the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) was “succumbing to some pressure”.
“Everybody in Delhi is just keeping their eyes closed and waiting for disaster to happen. You (civic bodies) have learnt nothing from Uphaar fire tragedy and incidents in Bawana and Kamala Mills,” a bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said.
The DDA recently proposed bringing uniform floor area ratio (FAR) for shop-cum-residence plots and complexes at par with residential plots, a move that would come as a big relief to traders facing the threat of sealing. FAR is the ratio of a building’s total floor area (gross floor area) to the size of the piece of land upon which it is built.
During the hearing, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who was appearing for some of the petitioners, said the DDA had recently proposed changes in the Master Plan.
Stressing that there has to be rule of law, the court said Delhi was grappling with several problems like waste management, pollution, and parking. The bench directed the DDA to file an affidavit within two weeks, indicating the changes it proposes in Master Plan 2021.