The National Green Tribunal (NGT) passed an order restraining the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) from acting on its plan to redefine the boundaries of Yamuna river front,which spreads across 8,700 hectares.
The tribunal also directed the governments of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh to extend all help,including provision of police personnel,to remove debris from the river bank.
In an order passed on September 28,the DDA had invited public suggestions and objections on the proposal,which sought to shrink the zone by nearly half. If implemented,colonies such as Sonia Vihar and Meethapur,which are located on the riverfront,will be excluded from Zone-O in the review of the Master Plan 2021 and included in the adjacent zone.
But a bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar restrained the DDA from implementing the order,which proposes construction of low-cost public toilets and electronic crematorium in the area. … DDA shall not act on its notification dated September 28,2013,without specific order of the tribunal, the bench said.
Pulling up DDA for the notification,the bench said,This shows that you are bent on doing something funny, and added that the agencys proposal could potentially finish the river bank.
Meanwhile,the bench also asked the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Delhi to provide police aid for the removal of debris from the river bank.
The bench said the state of Uttar Pradesh and the Senior Superintendent of Police,Gautam Budh Nagar,would be responsible for carrying out the NGT order.
The order regarding removal of debris was passed after Delhi Metro Rail Corporation apprised the bench that it had removed nearly 23,281 metric tonnes of debris from areas near Yamuna Bank Metro Station. However,DMRC had told the bench that another 4,700 metric tonnes of debris was still lying around and could not be picked up since it was surrounded by jhuggis (shanties).
The Additional Advocate General of Uttar Pradesh filed a compliance report saying that it had removed 1.6 lakh metric tonnes of debris from areas near the Yamuna.