A Delhi court on Tuesday ordered the police to take over the car maintenance and car theft preventive maintenance of Delhi’s main roads, which were once managed by the Delhi Municipal Corporation.
The court also directed that the police will provide parking space to residents and their cars during their shifts, a move that will be implemented after the trial begins on September 28.
A group of around 1,000 protesters gathered outside the court and shouted slogans in support of the Delhi Jal Board, which is responsible for providing maintenance services to the city’s streets.
The Jal Board has a total of over 1,500 workers and a budget of Rs1,600 crore.
“We will do our best to maintain the safety of our citizens.
The court will ensure that these workers get proper accommodation and adequate food to sustain themselves,” said Anand Shinde, one of the organisers of the protest.
The Delhi Jal board, which also operates a toll booth on the Delhi-Mumbai expressway, had decided in May 2016 to sell off its assets to help pay for road construction.
The government had earlier said it would compensate the government for the loss of its roads, but the move was opposed by activists and the Delhi High Court.