24 March 2015
Sri Najeeb Jung
Hon'ble Lt Governor of Delhi
Sri Arvind Kejriwal,
Hon'ble Chief Minister of Delhi
Sub: Sir, relocation of DTC bus depot away from river bed is not optional or reversible - it is your considered decision & High Court mandated
Greetings from Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan.
Media reports about a recent meeting of the Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC), raising question on the need of the relocation of the so called Millennium Bus Depot of the DTC away from the river bed is not just unfortunate but a clear case of motivated mis-representation of the facts to the DDC in the matter.
Sir, it was one of your far reaching decisions made in January 2014 in favour of the gravelly threatened river to direct DTC to relocate the said bus depot away from the river bed and the DDA was requested to provide suitable land/s to the DTC for the needful.
Sir, the fact remains that the said decision was consequent to a HC of Delhi judgment and a contempt case filed against both the DTC and the DDA which was the context of the said welcome decision taken by your honour/s.
Accordingly the DTC and the DDA had in the said contempt case given an undertaking to the Court of Contempt to vacate the river bed latest by 31 October 2014. It is most unfortunate that while the DDA has reportedly already handed over requisite lands to the DTC, the latter has made no move whatsoever to shift the bus depot away from the river bed.
Sir, the fact also remains that the occupation of the said land in the river bed by the DTC was ab initio illegal, malafide and made in the garb of a temporary bus parking required just for a fortnight to park some 300 buses for the duration of the CWG 2010. The malafide of this occupation was highlighted both by the CAG as well as the Shunglu Committee that went into the wrong doings committed by the government of the day, in connection with the hosting of the CWG 2010 in Delhi.
So, for the AAP government, which has come to power on an anti corruption plank, of which CWG 2010 was a key target, to now even think of considering any rethink on the said illegal and malafide bus depot in the river bed, on any grounds whatsoever, is (excuse us for using the term) preposterous. It is outright illegal as well, as the matter is already decided by the High Court of Delhi and DTC has reportedly received the land/s in lieu of it from the DDA.
We accordingly request your honour to please direct DTC for taking urgent actions to vacate the river bed in pursuance of your decision, and of it's (DTC) own commitment given to the Hon'ble High Court in a sub judice contempt case.
With warm regards,
Chief Secretary, Govt. of Delhi - For your kind information and necessary action please
Delhi Dialogue Commission, Delhi Secretariat - For your kind information and necessary action please
Secretary (Forest & Environment), Govt. of Delhi – For your kind information and necessary action please.
Sri Balvinder Kumar, Vice Chairman, Delhi Development Authority – For your kind information and necessary action please.
Chairman, Delhi Urban Arts Commission – For your kind information and necessary action please.
Chairman, Yamuna Standing Committee - For your kind information and necessary action please