NGT Raps DDA For Delaying Work On Biodiversity Parks Along Yamuna
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on November 22 told the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that biodiversity parks would be developed along the banks of the Yamuna in a phased manner to prevent encroachments. The development body told an NGT Bench headed by Chairperson Swatanter Kumar that the principal committee constituted by the green panel had approved its plan to develop biodiversity parks in different phases.
"Counsel appearing for the DDA submits that plan prepared by the DDA for setting up the biodiversity parks and beautification of the flood plain on the Yamuna in NCT (national capital territory) of Delhi has also been approved by the principal committee. However, they had mentioned that it could be in phased manner," the Bench noted.
The tribunal in January 2015 had directed the DDA to develop biodiversity parks along the Yamuna banks in the national capital so that the floodplains could be made spots of scenic beauty. It had said that development of the flood plains had to be done strictly keeping the biodiversity intact and ensuring that no major construction activity was allowed on the flood plain. The tribunal had earlier rapped the Delhi government and the Delhi Jal Board for not filing their replies to show-cause notices on why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them for delaying compliance of orders on the Yamuna cleaning project.
The green panel had said that pollution in the Yamuna was of serious concern as the river was highly contaminated by industrial effluents and sewage. It had also asked the Haryana and Himachal Pradesh Pollution Control Board to jointly conduct a study of water quality and the flow of the Yamuna at the point it entered Haryana, and submit the list of industries located in the catchment area.
The green panel had noted that almost 67 per cent of the pollutants reaching the Yamuna would be treated by the two sewage treatment plants at Delhi Gate and Najafgarh under the first phase of the Maili se Nirmal Yamuna Revitalisation Project.
With inputs from Housing News