Order of the Supreme Court regarding the of land of DSIIDC at Ranikhera-Mundka which was reserved for waste management, 31/07/2023

  • 31/07/2023

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Vs Municipal Corporation of Delhi & Others dated 31/07/2023.

The appeal was filed by the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) seeking vacation of the stay granted by the NGT by order dated December 14, 2017 whereby NGT had directed that the appellant would not place or award work for building a commercial building in the impugned land measuring 147 acres at Ranikhera-Mundka, Delhi.

DSIIDC has placed on record a noted of the meeting, December 21, 2021 by which the Chief Secretary and the Lieutenant Governor had decided that the land in question was not required for waste management and thus it could be used for commercial purposes. It is the say of the appellant that the land is not fit for waste management purposes as it is surrounded by a population of six to seven lakhs within 200 meters. It is also the say of the appellant that they are not responsible for the solid waste management and the Municipal Corporations of Delhi have stated the progress made in this regard before the NGT.

The appellant is stated to have invested Rupees 91.55 crores in the light manufacturing hub at the site which will offer employment to 15 lakh persons. Both the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) have given their no objection to the release of the land.

The affidavit by the MCD showed that some alternative land has been located at Ranikhera-Mundka as it is not required by the East DMC for solid waste management. However, the change of land use of land allotted to EDMC by DDA at Gonda Gujran is still pending with the DDA which requires some priority and the necessary action be taken by the DDA within a period of three months, the court said.

The SC allowed the appeal and directed the release of land of the DSIIDC which was kept reserved for the solid waste management.