The Delhi-Meerut Expressway got a green light from the National Green Tribunal on Tuesday as the bench believed the project, which involves building a bridge and approach roads over the Yamuna, will help the environment and not harm it.
The panel also accepted recommendations of the principal committee it constituted for the Yamuna Revitalisation Project. The committee said the project may be allowed if it fulfilled certain criteria, including increasing the cost of monitoring during construction by nearly Rs 2.5 crore.
“This plan was also considered by the principal committee and it recommended the said project mainly on grounds that it will aid the environment rather than harming it, subject to prescribed conditions recommended being complied with. We, therefore do not see any impediment in granting permission as solicited. We permit the applicant and their concessionaire/contractors and other officers, agents and representatives to carry out necessary construction,” said the bench headed by Justice U D Salvi.
Representatives of the National Highways Authority of India told the bench they would appoint IIT- Roorkee or Delhi to supervise the environmental management plan. The committee, headed by the Secretary of Ministry of Water Resources, had recommended that the project proponent should save “as many trees” as possible and no wetland area on the floodplains should be disturbed.
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