All Planning, No Execution Marring Yamuna Rejuvenation: NGT
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has told the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that development of Phase-I of the biodiversity park on the floodplains of the Yamuna will be completed by April next year. The tribunal had in January 2015 directed the DDA to develop biodiversity parks along the Yamuna in the national capital so that the floodplains did not become a dumping ground for waste, and could be made spots of scenic beauty.
Now, the development body has told a Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar that biodiversity parks would be developed along the banks of the river in a phased manner to prevent encroachments. The principal committee constituted by the green panel has approved its plan to develop the parks in different phases. Phase-I of the project would be developed in the stretch between the old Yamuna-rail-cum-road bridge and the old ITO bridge.
Advocate Kush Sharma, appearing for the DDA, told the tribunal that the body had demarcated the floodplains of the river on the basis of floods that occur once in 25 years and it has also been delineated.
"The DDA has prepared a comprehensive plan for development of biodiversity parks on Yamuna floodplains. This work is divided in four phases which has also been approved by the principal committee. The work of Phase-I of has been started by the project proponent and the entire project would be completed by April 2018," the Bench noted.
The tribunal had earlier said that development of the flood plains had to be strictly done keeping biodiversity intact and ensuring that no major construction activity was allowed on the flood plain. The tribunal had said there was a need to find out the most effective and practical way to stop dumping of waste on floodplains.
Meanwhile, the NGT has expressed displeasure over the slow pace of the Yamuna rejuvenation programme, Maily Se Nirmal Yamuna. The project, which was to be completed by March 2017, was far away from becoming a reality, the NGT said.
The NGT also noted that of the 14 sewage treatment plants (STPs) that had to be constructed to clean waste water reaching the Yamuna, the work on only five had started.
"It is quite evident that the reason for the delay is non-cooperation and lack of executive will to complete the project. The local authorities, the Delhi government, the National Mission for Clean Ganga have not worked in tandem.”
Phase-I of the clean Yamuna project aims to lower the pollution levels in the Najafgarh and Delhi Gate drains while Phase-II deals with Shahdara, Barapullah and other drains.
The matter was listed for further hearing on December 6.
With inputs from Housing News