Sunday, February 19, 2012

Court questions construction of parking at Gurdwara Rakabganj

The Delhi High Court has asked the New Delhi Municipal Council to explain how the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) is building a multi-level underground parking lot at a cost of Rs.400 crore inside Gurdwara Rakabganj in the New Delhi area without mandatory permissions as the shrine is a notified Grade III heritage building.
Justice Vipin Sanghi asked the NDMC to file a status report on the alleged construction of the parking facility without taking mandatory permissions from different government agencies concerned by March 22, the next date of hearing.
The Court asked for the explanation on a petition by the Sikh Forum for Service and Justice challenging construction of the parking facility.
The construction of parking lot is going since the laying of the foundation stone by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit last year.
The petitioner, G.S. Oberoi, president of the Forum, through his counsel Avtar Singh submitted in a fresh application that he had obtained information through RTI route that the DSGMC had sought no permission from the Heritage Conservation Committee to build the parking.
The petitioner further said that in a reply to a RTI application, the local body said that the Gurdwara Management had submitted a proposal to build the parking but it was rejected.
with thanks : The Hindu : link in the headline above for detailed news.

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