SC: Is this how you serve peo­ple?

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City -

The com­mit­tee, com­pris­ing Elec­tion Com­mis­sion ad­viser K J Rao, En­vi­ron­ment Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Author­ity (EPCA) chair­man Bhure Lal and Maj Gen Som Jhin­gan, was con­sti­tuted by the SC in March 2006. At the sug­ges­tion of the at­tor­ney gen­eral, the court had last year di­rected the Cen­tre to ap­point a 13-mem­ber spe­cial task force (STF) headed by the DDA vice-chair­man and com­pris­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives of civic bod­ies to re­move en­croach­ments and take ef­fec­tive steps to re­claim the land.

The STF was given wide pow­ers to di­rect lo­cal bod­ies and po­lice to pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­i­ties to the res­i­dents of Delhi and curb il­le­gal con­struc­tion in the city.

The ap­point­ment of the STF has seen the two com­mit­tees be­ing at log­ger­heads and mak­ing al­le­ga­tions against each other and the Cen­tre fi­nally sought wind­ing up of the SC-ap­pointed panel. Op­pos­ing

The court had last year di­rected the Cen­tre to ap­point a 13-mem­ber spe­cial task force headed by the DDA vicechair­man to re­move squat­ting

the Cen­tre’s plea, se­nior ad­vo­cate Ran­jit Ku­mar and lawyer ADN Rao, who are as­sist­ing the court as am­i­cus cu­riae, said the gov­ern­ment is try­ing to hand over the task to the same author­i­ties that failed to carry out their statu­tory and con­sti­tu­tional duty and which com­pelled the court to step in.

The mon­i­tor­ing com­mit­tee in its re­port also pleaded the court to re­view con­tin­u­a­tion of the STF, which it says is ad­versely af­fect­ing the seal­ing op­er­a­tions done by it. “All the ac­tions of the STF de­pict that the STF has com­pletely failed to de­liver what was ex­pected of it as there are heavy en­croach­ments on pedes­trian path­ways, roads in ad­di­tion to largescale il­le­gal con­struc­tions go­ing on un­abated,” it said in its re­port.

Not­ing the two author­i­ties were quar­relling, the court said there was some­thing wrong with Delhi and pointed out even the Cen­tre and Delhi gov­ern­ment are fight­ing on ad­min­is­tra­tion of the cap­i­tal.

The bench, which has re­cently re­solved two dis­putes be­tween the Cen­tre and Delhi gov­ern­ment on the con­struc­tion of Phase IV of Delhi Metro and the Del­hiMeerut Re­gional Rapid Tran­sit Sys­tem, was at pains to highlight that no one both­ered about cit­i­zen is­sues and slammed the Cen­tre for ques­tion­ing the cre­den­tials of mem­bers of the mon­i­tor­ing com­mit­tee in­stead of mak­ing ef­forts to patch up dif­fer­ences be­tween the two pan­els.

“Is this the way to serve the peo­ple and to make Delhi a bet­ter place to live? Cen­tre, NCT gov­ern­ment and other author­i­ties, in­clud­ing these com­mit­tees, are fight­ing with each other and no one is think­ing about Delhi. It is shock­ing,” the bench said.

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