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Delhi: PWD seeks action on Hanuman temple, North MCD wants to give it legal status

The Delhi authorities’s Public Works Division (PWD) has written to Delhi Police to take motion on the Hanuman Mandir that got here up in a single day on the central verge at Chandni Chowk, changing the one demolished in January following Delhi Excessive Court docket orders.

The letter, written by a PWD Government Engineer to the SHO of Kotwali police station on February 19, acknowledged: “That is to tell you that final night time, some unknown individuals introduced a pre-fabricated construction and positioned it at planter prime within the median close to Kucha Mahajani at Chandni Chowk highway. This construction is principally an impediment within the theme of (the) challenge and placedwithout intimation and permission from challenge executing authorities. On this regard, it’s requested to take obligatory motion on the earliest in order that the challenge may be executed inside the timeline… Early motion is anticipated.”

A senior police officer stated, “We’re working with PWD and are wanting into the matter.”

The PWD has undertaken the pedestrianisation challenge of a 1.3-km stretch between Pink Fort and Fatehpuri Masjid — half of a bigger redevelopment challenge to show the Walled Metropolis into a contemporary, car-free, shopper-friendly market. Sources had stated the inauguration is prone to happen in April-Could.

The North Delhi Municipal Company, in the meantime, is planning to provide authorized standing to the brand new temple. North MCD Mayor Jai Prakash stated he’ll transfer a decision in a Home assembly subsequent week after a gathering with officers: “A gathering with officers is deliberate on Monday; we are going to talk about how the temple may be given authorized standing.”

Whereas the brand new temple is on the central verge of the 1.3-km stretch, the sooner one was on the aspect of the highway and would constrict site visitors in Chandni Chowk. The landowning company of the realm the place the construction got here up is North MCD, and the 1.3-km stretch comes underneath PWD for upkeep and beautification functions.

Whereas nobody claimed accountability for the construction — pre-made and comprising a metal and glass fabricated physique — each BJP and AAP claimed “individuals of Chandni Chowk” had put it up within the early hours of Friday. Towards the backdrop of subsequent 12 months’s MCD polls, each events stated they don’t have any points with it.

On Saturday, leaders from the Delhi BJP and AAP had visited the temple to supply prayers. The events additionally traded fees over the demolition of the outdated temple.

Prakash had on Friday stated permission shouldn’t be wanted for “an act of God”. The Delhi authorities had stated it was “analyzing the difficulty”.
A senior official within the company stated that for constructing a temple, a map must be handed within the civic physique. “The possession doc must be proven, whether or not it’s the title of the belief or a person. For getting the map handed, the constructing plan is examined for air flow, floor protection, dome top, structural security and different parameters,” he stated.

If the plot is for business or residential functions, then land use must be modified to “non secular functions” via the Delhi Improvement Authority — the town’s land-owning company — he stated, and added, “Solely then can MCD go the map.”

Presently, the central verge is supposed for greenery or beautification of public house.

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