NEW DELHI: In a big relief to 25,000 applicants who have been waiting for last 34 years to get possession of plots in Rohini in north Delhi, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Delhi Development Authority to develop the land and allot the plots in a time-bound manner.
The court said that delay of 34 years on the part of DDA was a big fraud and set a deadline for allotment of plots.
A bench headed by Justice J S Khehar directed the DDA to hand over 11,000 plots in sectors 28, 29, 30 and 34 by April 10. It asked the authority to provide water, electricity, sewerage and road facilities in the area by that time. For the remaining 14,000 plots in sectors 35, 36 and 37, the court set a deadline of July 31, 2016, for DDA to complete the task.
Giving a stern warning that no further delay would be tolerated, the bench told the DDA vice chairman and its chief engineer, who were directed to be personally present in the court, that the erring officials would be sent to jail in case the authority failed to finish the task within the time-frame fixed by it.
"Do it as fast as possible. But if you don't do them you will be in serious trouble. We will send people to jail if it (the order) is not followed," the bench said. Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the applicants, said that DDA should charge the same amount for the land as advertised 34 years ago.
The court, however, refused to get into the issue of pricing of land and asked the applicants to approach the appropriate forum on this issue. "We are not getting into the price structure. You raise this issue before another forum. We are only concerned that the plots be allotted to people," it said.
It, however, agreed that the applicants should be compensated for such inordinate delay. "Some kind of benefits must flow to people who waited for 34 years," it said.