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Toxic lake: Court asks DDA to provide maps of water body

The court has also issued notice to the AASI, SDMC and DPCC .

The lake behind the Tughlakabad Fort.(Source: Express Archive) The lake behind the Tughlakabad Fort. (Source: Express Archive)

Irked after civic agencies failed to answer its queries about the history of the “toxic” water body behind Tughlakabad fort, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to submit a map indicating the extent of the water body and old maps of the area.

“It has to be first ascertained whether the body is a natural water body or an artificial one,” Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva observed.

The court has also issued notice to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), South Delhi Municipal Corporation and DPCC on a PIL related to the polluted water body on land behind the 14th Century Tughlakabad Fort.

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The court also expressed its unhappiness with a meeting held by the various authorities following directions of the court to explore the possibility of converting the water body and 200 acres of surrounding land into a biodiversity park on the lines of Yamuna biodiversity park.

“None of them appears to be aware as to what has to be done,” the bench said after perusing the minutes of the meeting and added, “What kind of meeting has been conducted? Actually none of you are interested in Delhi. All of you should be renamed,” the court said.
The Ministry of Environment and Forests had in the past informed the court that the water in the “lake” is highly toxic and contained high levels of pollutants.

The court was hearing the PIL filed by Tughlakabad resident Manoj Kumar, seeking clean water for animals and birds in the city. His petition has sought setting up of water treatment plants for purifying water to save animals and trees.

First published on: 19-02-2015 at 03:21:14 am
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