Answer Sheet Scrutiny : Be Magnanimous, High Court Tells Delhi University

Delhi University has written to the Prime Minister’s Office,Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Defence among others,claiming that the transfer of a plot of land on North Campus to a private player and the construction of a high rise there would be detrimental to the institution.

The letter,addressed to Secretary,Ministry of Human and Urban of Affairs,earlier this week and copied to the above-mentioned offices,requested quashing of the transfer while highlighting that “no-objection” of the university had not been obtained as necessary for any building plan in the area.It cited the zonal development plan,according to which “no tall building shall be permitted in the North Campus area of the University”.

DU also alleged that the builder responsible for developing the area had made false claims related to environmental clearance.Given the historical background of the land,which was originally owned by Ministry of Defence and falls inside the boundaries of the University,the letter stated that DU should have been offered the first option to acquire this land before the same was acquired by the then government in 2001.

“The three hectare land was acquired at public expense for public purpose for the DMRC.In 2008 DMRC retained one hectare land and transferred the rest to a private builder,instead of offering it to the University.” a senior DU official was quoted as saying.

DU also raised concerns about the proposal to construct a 39 storyed building on the land.The plans violate the master plans of Delhi which states that no tall building shall be permitted in North Campus area of the University.This will also violate the Right of Persons to Disabilities Act 2016 and the building could become a nuisance for girl students as there are four women hostel in the vicinity.

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