DMRC proposes alternative site to Panchkuian Road traders

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New Delhi, Sep 8 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today directed Panchkuian Road traders to evaluate proposals made by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation(DMRC) to provide them an alternative site to evacuate the road for easy access to traffic there.

Senior counsel Arun Jaitley, Pushkar Sood and Amrender Sharan submitted the plan, drafted by the DMRC to relocate the traders at an alternative site at Bhai Veer Singh Marg, in the court.

A bench comprising Justices Mukul Mudgal and Manmohan asked the traders and the DMRC to sort out among themselves the minor changes in the draft plan by the next date of hearing on September 15.

According to the DMRC draft plan, they would provide an alternative site at Bhai Veer Singh Marg with a built-in area of 150 sq ft each at the ground floor to 192 shopowners.

A nominal consruction cost of Rs 9.5 lakh would be charged and the shops would be leased for 30 years.

Mr V P Singh, counsel for shopkeepers, made some suggestions and wanted leasehold rights of 99 years.

The case is pending in the court for the last three years as the road connecting Connaught Place and West Delhi is closed.

DMRC wants to construct two one-way roads of 11 meters with a five-meter central panel and 5.5 meters of service lane.

For this the traders at Panchkuian Road have to vacate their shops as the furniture market situated there causes traffic congestions and parking problems.

Mr Sood said the new premises would have all the amenities like water, toilet, eatery shops, restaurants and parking space and all the furniture shops would be placed in one location.

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