On Tuesday, the High Court of Delhi directed the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) and BSES (formerly known as Bombay Suburban Electric Supply) to comply with the nodal officers’ plea to remove the hanging cables & wires required for Chandni Chowk redevelopment project.
The Court also warned that if the concerned authorities do not follow the direction, then it will initiate contempt proceedings against them.
A Division Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi & Rekha Palli’s was hearing nodal officers’ plea seeking to remove wires & cables that are hanging in the Chandni Chowk and interfering in the project of a beautification project.
The Court directed the concerned authorities to ensure compliance so that all hanging wires & cables are removed as per the requirement of the Chandni Chowk Redevelopment Project.
Advocate Naushad Ahmed Khan, appearing for Nodal Officers & Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation (SRDC) Nodal officers, told the court that Chandni Chowk Redevelopment Project may be the theme of the Republic Day tableau of Delhi.
Advocate Khan told the court that during the inspection of the redevelopment project on Dec 28, 2020, nodal officers noted that none of the officials of MTNL were present for the inspection while the MTNL telephones lines & feeder pillars are yet to be shifted despite repeated directions in this regard.
The Court has listed the matter for April 12, 2020 for further hearing.
On Dec 7, 2018, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia had inaugurated Chandni Chowk Redevelopment Project.