High Court reserves order on BRT plea

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Wed, Nov 21, 2012 10:10 hrs

New Delhi, Nov 21 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday reserved its order on a plea seeking review of the order passed by it, dismissing an earlier plea that sought the scrapping of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor here.

A division bench of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Manmohan Singh hearing the plea reserved the order after the Delhi government and petitioner B.B. Sharan, president of NGO Nyaya Bhoomi, concluded their arguments.

Appearing for the Delhi government, senior advocate K.T.S. Tulsi said the petitioner in the main plea did not raise this issue of violation of the master plan while making the BRT corridor and the court should reject this review plea.

Filing the review petition, NGO Nyaya Bhoomi sought scrapping of the 5.8−km BRT stretch between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand, claiming that "Master Plan Delhi 2021 is a statutory plan and has the force of law. As per the master plan, the BRT cannot exist on a road less than 45 metres in width".

It further said: "The Master Plan Delhi mandates maximum use and utilisation of the road but in this BRT project, 45 percent of the road space is under−utilised."

The High Court had Oct 18 dismissed the NGO's plea seeking permission for cars to use a lane reserved for buses on the BRT corridor here.

Dismissing the plea, the bench had said that the implementation of BRT corridors in the city of Delhi was not an "irrational decision".

NGO Nyaya Bhoomi's president B.B. Sharan had alleged that the corridor was causing inconvenience to the public.

The court May 12 had allowed other vehicles on the BRT as part of a feasibility study undertaken by the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI).

The CRRI in its report said commuters would benefit with the scrapping of the BRT.

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