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DDA criticised over fresh dumping on Yamuna

Darpan Singh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 28, 2013
First Published: 11:16 IST(28/8/2013) | Last Updated: 11:22 IST(28/8/2013)

The National Green Tribunal has asked the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to explain why it should not face action for fresh dumping of construction and demolition waste on the Yamuna riverbed.

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The tribunal had on July 22 ruled that those responsible for fresh dumping of debris on the riverbed would be fined Rs. 5 lakh. The tribunal had ordered all land-owning agencies — including the DDA — to remove all debris by August 15 and asked the Delhi government to deploy special forces to ensure the ordered is followed.

The tribunal on Tuesday issued a show-cause notice after NGO Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan, on whose application the matter is being heard, submitted pictorial evidence suggesting fresh dumping.

The DDA has been given two weeks to respond.

The tribunal will hear the matter next on September 24.

"There is a road leading to the riverbed opposite the CWG village entrance and across the flyover over the bridge-cum-road on Hazrat Nizamuddin Bridge over the Yamuna. This road has been used to dump fresh waste and debris," YJA said.

The tribunal asked the UP government's irrigation department to explain fresh dumping of debris that has taken place in its jurisdiction as well.

Though the deadline for removal of all debris ended a month ago, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and the DDA on Tuesday promised they would complete the job by September 15.

The tribunal directed its local commissioners to inspect the banks and submit a report within two weeks.


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