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Millennium Depot land use change under consideration: DTC to HC

Buses of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) are parked in a depot following a strike in New Delhi on May 11, 2015. A day after a driver of the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) was beaten to death allegedly by a biker in a case of road rage, drivers of the state-run bus service have called a strike, causing problems for thousands of commuters and schoolchildren. Ashok Kumar, 42, died on the morning of May 10, 2015 after Vijay, a young man whose bike he had grazed, climbed onto his bus and allegedly bludgeoned him with his helmet. Investigations suggest Vijay and his mother fell when the bus hit their motorcycle. AFP PHOTO/ PRAKASH SINGH

The Delhi High Court was on Monday informed by the DTC that the central government is examining the issue of changing land use of the area where Millennium Bus Depot is from “river and water-body” (Zone ‘O’) to “Transportation”.

The 50-acre bus depot, built at a cost of Rs.60 crore for the 2010 Commonwealth Games at Yamuna river bed, is to be used for parking buses by changing the land use, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) told a division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath.

In a affidavit, the DTC said that the union urban development ministry is seized of the matter and has sought additional information on it after Delhi transport minister met the urban development minister.

The DTC had sought direction to civic agency Delhi Development Authority A to change land use of the Millennium Bus Depot land so that the temporary construction on “O” zone can be made permanent according to the master plan, as the Delhi government has decided not to vacate the site.

DTC had sought six more months to approach DDA for changing land use of the site.

The DDA had, however, told the court that it cannot change the land use of the site.

On January 15 last year, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ordered relocation of the depot, but, in a U-turn, the AAP government in August told the court that more buses are being added in the fleet for which additional parking space is required.

The court posted the matter for October 12.