The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Delhi government and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) reason why civic amenities could not be provided to the posh Sainik Farms when such facilities were available to a number of other unauthorised colonies.
A bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Deepa Sharma said if the authorities agree that the retired army personnel are not in illegal occupation of the area, why civic amenities cannot be extended to them.
"You (authorities) are giving civic amenities to unauthorised colonies," it said.
The court asked the retired army personnel, represented by senior advocate Kirti Uppal, to withdraw their plea for civic amenities and move a detailed representation on the issue before the SDMC. The corporation was directed by the bench to dispose of the representation within eight weeks.
The central government's standing counsel Monika Arora, appearing for the SDMC, said that the representation would be disposed of expeditiously.
The bench said that if the statutory authorities do not perform their duties, the retired army personnel can approach the court again.
Sainik Farms came up in the 1960s in south Delhi as a cooperative society for defense staff and their families. However, the area soon got embroiled in controversy and situation hasn’t changed much over the years.
Despite being populated by affluent and influential personalities, the colony is illegal. It seems the residents want the illegal tag to continue because once it becomes legal, builders might take over and construct multi-storeyed apartments, something the residents of currently low-rise building do not want.