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Court rejects review plea on BRT order

The Delhi high court rejected on Friday a plea for review of its earlier order dismissing a petition for scrapping a bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor in South Delhi.

A bench of justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Manmohan Singh accepted Delhi government’s argument that the court should dismiss the review petition as the petitioner NGO in its main petition did not raise the averment that the corridor was violative of Master Plan of Delhi 2021 (MPD).

Suffice would it be to state that in the writ petition, there is no challenge that DRT corridor does not conform to the Master Plan norms and thus, we think that petitioner cannot even attempt to urge anything with reference to the MPD norms being violated,’ the bench said.

The review petition, filed by NGO Nyay Bhoomi through its President B B Sharan, said, ‘MPD 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. The court modified its order on friday, saying it was a typographical error and corrected the figure to 100 feet from 150 feet.

The petitioner had pointed out that mostly the bus lane remains free while other lanes, meant for other vehicles, remain chaotic.
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