Why Did Delhi Metro Pay Rs 6 Crore To House Owners in Hasanpur?
The two buildings were in the way of the viaduct connecting IP Extension to Anand Vihar via the Vinod Nagar depot.
The Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) has paid Rs 5.91 crore to owners of two adjacent buildings in Hasanpur in a bid to acquire a 714-square-meter plot as a part of its phase-III expansion.
The deal, to demolish the top floors of both four-storey buildings, was necessitated as the buildings were in the way of a viaduct connecting IP Extension to Anand Vihar via the Vinod Nagar depot, the The Times of India reported.
This is the first easement rights deal for the DMRC as the agency does not own the buildings, the daily reported. An easement rights negotiation is when the property is used by another party for a specific purpose, even as the ownership of the property remains with the owner. It does not involve a transfer of ownership rights.
The owners can rebuild the structure, provided they get the requisite permission from Delhi Metro once the viaduct is constructed, DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal told the daily.
Without this connecting section, the alignment from Anand Vihar to Vinod Nagar cannot become operational.
The reconstruction must abide by the precedents set for buildings near viaducts, as per the Delhi Metro regulations.
The land was not fully acquired earlier by the DMRC due to ambiguity over the ownership of the properties. Later, the DMRC conducted the easement rights negotiations on the advice of the Delhi Development Authority.
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