Vacate Millennium Depot by Jan 27: HC tells DTC
Delhi high court on Tuesday asked DTC to vacate the 50-acre Millennium Bus Depot, constructed on the banks of Yamuna for Rs 60 crore for the 2010 Commonwealth Games by January 27.
Justice Manmohan directed the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) to vacate the site by that date and said its managing director would have to be personally present in court on February 1 to explain if it failed to do so.
The court said since DTC has already been allotted substantial portions of land at four locations in the national Capital to shift its buses and as it was not possible to change the land use of Millennium Depot site, the corporation will have to shift its buses as directed by the high court on September 1.
“The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has been filing periodic status reports from which it is apparent that as of today 8.25 acres of land has been allotted at Sarai Kale Khan, 10 at Narela, 16.33 at Anand Vihar and 20 acres at Rohini phase V.
“Though DTC in its reports has stated that some portion of land allotted has been encroached upon and land use has not been changed, yet the records indicate that substantial portion of land has been allotted,...” the court said.
It noted DDA’s claim that possession of the alternate sites has been handed over to DTC and the land use of the plots has been changed by way of notifications.
It also noted DTC’s claim that it has already shifted 500 buses from the Millennium Depot to other depots and were reconstructing old depots “to make them low-floor bus friendly”.
“In view thereof, this court is of the opinion that DTC has to forthwith comply with the order of September 13, 2012,” it said and added “this court directs DTC to vacate Millennium Depot in two month from today i.e on or before January 27”.