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DMRC may get public premises tag

DMRC may get public premises tag

New Delhi: With no particular laws in place to ensure that property belonging to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is not encroached upon a Parliamentary Committee has requested an amendment in the Public Premises ( Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) act 1971 to declare DRMC property as public premises and also allow DMRC officials appointed by the Central Government to exercise powers of an estate officer so that the cases of encroachment can be expedited.

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Sudhir Krishna, secretary, Ministry of Urban Development was quoted in the report tabled on Monday saying“ After amendment of the Act the DMRC will be able to get their premises vacated through the designated Estate Officer within a period of 3-4 months. thus under the Act the overall time period of finalization of the cases gets reduced drastically."

The recommendations of the Standing Committee on Urban Development held that the Government has already delayed the amendment by ten months and should act swiftly now. They also proposed that the Government should make provisions for a summary trial for the Estate Officer as well as District judges so that the cases are dismissed faster.

The committee has expressed scepticism over the safeguards put in place by the government to ensure that a case is not unnecessarily delayed. The report stated that a maximum time limit should be prescribed for the disposal of cases before the Estate officer.

Anuj Dayal, spokesperson, DMRC says that the Act when amended would be extremely useful since the problem of clearing encroached land will be dealt with, “ It makes our work much faster and easier. We can directly start construction which is getting stalled due to such encroachments."

The Public Premises ( Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2011 was introduced in the Lok Sabha in November 2011.

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