In a recent hearing, the Delhi high court cleared the air and said that no further construction can be permitted in Nauroji Nagar even if the Central Government is allowed to seek clearances for the redevelopment of six integrated colonies in the national capital Delhi which includes Sarojini and Netaji Nagar.
Delhi HC’s bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao stated that since UHA [the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs] has reviewed the proposals for the redevelopment of the six colonies, both the ministry or National Buildings Construction Corporation [NBCC], who will carry out the work can seek approvals and the authorities should consider it according to the prescribed law.
The court also said that the interim order that calls for the prohibition of the construction work at Nauroji Nagar should continue till the next date of hearing which is scheduled for November 28. More than 2,000 trees have already been felled in Nauroji Nagar area where the National Building Construction Corporation [NBCCC] plans to develop a commercial hub which will also have a WTC i.e. the World Trade Center.
The Delhi High Court in an interim order said that the ministry for housing and urban affairs or NBCC can also approach the Delhi Government’s Tree Officer if it is required according to the revised proposal to seek the permission for cutting of the trees. The court also reserved its order after hearing arguments on the behalf of all stakeholders in regard to the redevelopment work in the six colonies including Sarojini Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Thyagaraja Nagar, Kasturba Nagar, Mohammadpur and Srinivaspuri.