HC dismisses plea seeking scrapping of BRT order

The Delhi High Court on Friday rejected a plea for a review of its earlier order, which said there was no need to scrap the bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor in South Delhi.

A bench of justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Manmohan Singh accepted Delhi government's argument that the court should dismiss the review petition. The petitioner-NGO, in its main petition, did not state that the corridor was in violation of Master Plan of Delhi 2021 (MPD), the government counsel said.

"It would suffice to state that in the writ petition, there is no challenge that the BRT corridor does not conform to the Master Plan norms and, thus, we think that petitioner cannot attempt to urge anything with reference to the MPD norms being violated," the bench said.

The review petition, filed by the NGO Nyay Bhoomi through its president B B Sharan, said, "MPD 2021 is a statutory plan and has the force of law. According to the master plan, the BRT cannot exist on a road less than 45 metres wide.

"Under the MPD 2012, BRT is conceived on the road segment with a total width of 45 metres and above. However, this court has inadvertently computed 45 metres as equal to 100 feet, whereas 45 meters is about 150 feet...," the petition said.

The court modified its order, saying it was a typographical error and corrected the figure to 150 feet from 100 feet.

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