HC stays Dwarka Express Highway project

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New Delhi, Mar 20 (UNI) The Delhi High Court has stayed the Dwarka Express Highway project which would connect the National Highway-8, as five schools and a few colonies would be affected by this project.

Justices T S Thakur and Sidharth Mridul yesterday stayed the project till the disposal of the case. The Delhi Pollution Control Board had not granted any sanction to the project yet, since as many as five schools and some colonies would be disrupted by this project.

The bench was hearing a petition filed by Mother Girija School of Najafgarh area, challenging the Government's decision to acquire their land without informing them.

Lawyer for the school, Manu Nayyar, contended that the Government could not take back the land alloted to a school as the rights of the children were violated.

Mr Nayyar said there was a lot of agricultural land which could be acquired, why then was the Government taking this path of disrupting schools, colonies, markets and other areas for this project. The petitioner had urged the court to intervene and let the Highway be shifted from this place to an alternate site.

The court had asked for all the records from the Government on April 25 and a reply to the petition.

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