Delhi High Court has asked the Central Government to consider as representation a plea seeking appointment of a nodal agency to implement disaster management operations in the National Capital Region areas having powers under the Disaster Management Act.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan has further requested the concerned authorities to consider the grievances/suggestions as pointed out in this writ petition, specially the synchronization of the work under the National Capital Region Planning Board Act, 1985 and the National Disaster Management Act, 2005 under a single nodal agency.
Moved by Mr Arjun Narang, the present petition had sought a direction to be issued to the Central Government Central to implement the Regional Plan 2021 under the National Capital Region Planning Board Act, 1985 specifically measures in relation to medical infrastructure and disaster management.
In addition to this, the Petitioner demanded the Central, State Governments and district level authorities of NCR region to work in tandem and provide a single set of parameters of guidelines under a common COVID19 response plan for the entire NCR region.
The petition stated that:
'... disharmonious development of NCR region resulted in day to day difficulties being suffered by the citizens of the country staying in the NCR region outside Delhi area but contributing to the revenue generation of Delhi.'
Therefore, the Petitioner wanted the court to issue directions to the Central Government and other concerned agencies to effectively implement the Regional Plans under Section 7 of the NCRPB Act and also to implement the suggestions contained under the Plan and its study on health infrastructure, specifically in relation to the disaster management and health infrastructure, so as to prepare the region for the current and any future disaster.