DDA informs NGT that 313 acres of land given to municipal corporations for waste management
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) told the National Green Tribunal that 313 acres of land has been given to the municipal corporations to be used for waste management. The DDA told a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar that it was for the municipal corporations to give utilisation certificates for the given land and apprise the NGT how it was being used and for what purpose. The submission was made in response to a query from the bench about the total land given by DDA to the three municpal corporations in the city for setting up of the waste-to-energy plants and landfill sites.
Advocate Kush Sharma, appearing for DDA, told the tribunal that most of the landfill sites were operating without any environment clearance which was causing a great health hazard. He said there was paucity of land with the authority and the DDA had lost thousands of crores worth of land due to Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act
During the proceedings, DDA submitted a map of the land falling on the floodplains of the river Yamuna and said the NGT had prohibited construction in areas demarcated as zone ‘O’ (river and water-body area). The bench directed the municipal corporations to clearly state how much land has been given to each of them and the mechanism adopted for managing the waste.