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  Metros   Delhi  12 May 2018  Parks: Delhi HC pulls up government, DDA

Parks: Delhi HC pulls up government, DDA

Published : May 12, 2018, 6:46 am IST
Updated : May 12, 2018, 6:46 am IST

A PIL moved by a Delhi resident who alleged several parks were being converted into ornamental parks or parking lots.

Delhi Development Authority (DDA)
 Delhi Development Authority (DDA)

New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Friday pulled up the AAP government, various civic bodies and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for converting playgrounds in residential areas into “ornamental parks” and multi-level parking, asking them “where will children go to play?”

The poser by a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar came during hearing of a PIL moved by a Defence Colony resident who alleged that several parks in the area were being converted into ornamental parks or parking lots.

It also issued notice to the Centre, the Delhi government, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the national and state commissions for protection of child rights and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), seeking their replies to the plea.

The petitioner contended that such actions impinge on the children’s right to play in the parks and violate their fundamental right for a proper environment for their growth and development.

Taking note of the petitioner’s contention, the court said, “So you (authorities) are converting parks into parking lots? That is what Delhi is fit for now. Parks becoming parking lots. Where will the kids go to play?”

The bench directed the authorities, including the  Aam Aadmi Party government and the DDA, to file affidavits about the status of available parks and also indicate whether there was sufficient green area and lung space for citizens.

With regard to the conversion of a park in Defence Colony for an alternative use, the bench directed the authorities to maintain status quo and listed the matter for hearing on September 5.     

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