Delhi HC issues notices to MCD, DDA, police

New Delhi, Feb 15 (PTI) The Delhi High court today soughtthe responses from MCD, DDA and the Delhi police on a groupof South Delhi residents'' plea for appropriate action againstthe traders who allegedly encroached on public space andparked trucks and taxis illegally causing traffic snarl.

Justice G S Sistani, who had earlier allowed theJungpura Residents Welfare Association to become a party tothe original contempt plea filed by the Defence Colony FlyoverAssociation, today issued notices to MCD, DDA and the DCP(Traffic) and sought their responses by March 23.

In the petition filed through R K Saini, the Jungpuraresidents alleged that despite repeated representations to thepolice and other civic agencies like DDA and MCD, illegalparking of trucks, taxis and encroachment by the shopscontinued.

According to them, the illegal parkings andencroachment caused traffic congestion in the locality.

They cited one ''Rama Tent House'' whose businessactivities throughout the day and also at night troubledresidents and several representations against the violatorshave been sent to the concerned authorities but no action hasbeen taken so far.

Accusing the authorities of failure to act against theencroachers in the past 3-4 years, the residents said "theassociation is concerned with smooth flow of traffic and wantsto ensure that footpath for pedestrian walks around roads hereremains available".

The RWA informed the court that widespread encroachmentof public spaces by shopkeepers and traders has led to trafficsnarls. "Regular traffic jams and congestion throughout theday is common even as footpaths have completely vanished forpedestrian use", they argued.

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