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Delhi CM steers clear of Jairam's Akshardham comments

PTI  New Delhi, January 08, 2011
First Published: 17:17 IST(8/1/2011) | Last Updated: 17:19 IST(8/1/2011)

Delhi chief minister, Sheila Dikshit, on Saturday steered clear of remarks made by Environment minister Jairam Ramesh on the Akshardham temple getting environment clearance, saying the NDA government must have given the required permission.

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"I do not know in what context Ramesh spoke. However, the decision to give the clearance was taken by the then NDA government and the permission was given by the authorities," Dikshit told reporters in New Delhi.

She was responding to a statement by Ramesh on Friday alleging that the temple was constructed on the Yamuna river bed without mandatory environment clearance. Raising questions over construction of Commonwealth Games Village and Akshardham temple on the Yamuna bank in New Delhi, Ramesh had said the games village should not have been given environmental clearance while there was no application ever for such permission to build the temple.

Ramesh had, however, conceded that the structure could not be demolished now.

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