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Noida park: SC panel member says no need for stay

Days after the centrally empowered committee constituted by the Supreme Court recommended a stay on Mayawati’s statue complex in Noida...

Days after the centrally empowered committee (CEC) constituted by the Supreme Court recommended a stay on Mayawati’s statue complex in Noida,CEC member-secretary Sanjeev Chadha on Tuesday raised questions about the crucial last paragraph of the report that calls for a stay.

In a note sent to the Supreme Court today,Chadha has said that recommendations on a stay for the project near Noida’s Atta market flyover were not the “unanimous view of the committee”. Instead,he wrote,the UP government should get an environment impact assessment (EIA) for the project and implement “appropriate mitigation actions and safeguards” for the adjoining Okhla Bird Sanctuary.

Through his note,Chadha has basically given a go-ahead for the project.

“I have dissented on the concluding remarks of the report,” he told Newsline. “I have suggested long-term mitigation measures for the sanctuary. In my view the project should be allowed (to go on) if it gets an EIA as per the Ministry of Environment and Forest’s 2006 notification.”

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He said the project should go ahead because the ministry said there were “no violations in the park”.

Sources said as per normal protocol all CEC members put their signatures on the report before it was sent to the apex court.

Noida Authority officials said they had received a copy of Chadha’s note.

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The note says as mitigation measures,the Okhla Bird Sanctuary should be protected and a scientific management plan should be created for it. It also says a committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Wildlife Warden and other members should be created.

(Inputs by Pragya Kaushika)

First published on: 09-09-2009 at 04:25:26 am
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