NGT gives clean chit to 10 projects near Yamuna river
The National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) registrar general in his latest report has given a clean chit to as many as 10 out of 13 projects built near river Yamuna. According to information, with this, the ban on any sort of construction as well as restriction on sale and purchase of flats will not be applicable. However, they will have to comply with environmental norms laid by the tribunal for them during earlier hearings.
On August 18, the NGT had directed its registrar general to verify the report submitted by the UP government on projects which fall partially or completely outside the river’s eco-sensitive area. The state government had mentioned 13 builders who had made constructions outside Yamuna’s floodplain zone. However, counsel appearing for the state government could not ascertain if these constructions were outside the floodplain zone as defined by a report prepared by NGT’s registrar general. Subsequently, the tribunal ordered its registrar general to examine the state government’s list and submit a report.
The NGT will now hear the status of remaining such six projects in its next hearing on September 12. As far as the fate of three projects which come under the floodplain zone is concerned, the tribunal has directed Agra authorities to demolish the part which fall in the floodplain zone.