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Frame policy to rehabilitate whole-sale market: HC

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New Delhi, May 5 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today asked the authorities to frame a clear-cut policy to rehabilitate the wholesale market in Sadar Bazar area in the walled city to the periphery to decongest the Capital.

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice R S Sodhi said despite an order to the effect was passed in 2004, the Delhi Government and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) did not initiate any action.

''There was no policy to this effect by the state government in two years. On the one hand the Government plans to have a modern city in the capital, on the other hand it did not come out with a clear policy to decongest the city,'' said the bench when State Counsel Hima Kohli submitted that the state Chief Secretay was not aware of the order pronounced in 2004.

Adjourning the matter till July 7, the court asked the authorities to bring out a policy to rehabilitate the whole-sale market on the outskirts of Delhi where the trucks would come for loading and unloading of goods without polluting the city atmosphere.

Meanwhile, the court directed the Commissioner of Police to allow the trucks between 1200 hrs and 0400 hrs to enter the Sadar Bazar area carrying goods including live stocks.

However, the trucks would not block the roads, the order said.

The live-stock market would be shifted to Gazhipur in East Delhi by July 30, 2006.

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