Seven-year-old Navya Singh recently won a case against the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in High Court. For days, the young girl prayed that she would be able to play in her favourite park again in Rohini’s Sector 8. The DDA had chosen the park as a site to construct a community centre.
But after High Court’s decision, the DDA will move their plans to a different site.
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The Hanuman Mandir park is used by residents of pockets A-2 and F-17. Apart from moving High Court, the Class II student had also appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to save “her park”.
It was Navya’s father Dheeraj Singh, an advocate who had filed a petition that cited the incident “poor planning” on part of the DDA especially when a community hall stood just 50 metres from the park, reports The Indian Express.
A bench of acting Chief Justice Geeta Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar issued a notice to DDA asking it to answer why the park was “required”. The bench added that parks were not meant to be converted into community halls.
After winning the case, Navya was ecstatic. Her father said, Singh said, “Navya always asked me for updates on the court hearing. I told her we won. She screamed with joy… The DDA had put barricades in the park; the court has now asked that the park be restored to its original shape.”
A status report filed by the DDA said that after the decision, “the site is to be kept and developed as green.”