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Noida: 104 realty projects affected by NGT order

Vinod Rajput, Hindustan Times  Noida, August 23, 2013
First Published: 19:27 IST(23/8/2013) | Last Updated: 19:31 IST(23/8/2013)

The Noida authority on Friday said that total 104 realty projects, located within 10km radius of Okhla Bird sanctuary, are affected because of national green tribunal's (NGT) August 14 order that had directed the authority to stop all kinds of construction without requisite environmental clearances.

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The Gautam Budh Nagar district's divisional forest officer (DFO) had issued notices to only 54 realty projects, which are located within 10km radius of this bird sanctuary.

NGT in its order had asked the authority to stop constructions immediately because the petitioner had alleged that illegal construction was posing a threat to the Okhla bird sanctuary, which is spread in 3.5-square kilometer of area at Delhi-Noida border near Kalindi Kunj Barrage.

Uttar Pradesh is among the several states that are yet to declare the area within the 10 km radius of national parks and bird sanctuaries as eco-sensitive zones.

Following a Supreme Court order, the ministry had asked all the states and union territories to impose the restriction. The builders have allegedly being carrying out construction projects without seeking necessary clearances from environmental authorities and national wildlife board in Dehradun.

"Instead of 54, total 104 realty projects are under construction around 10 km radius of this bird sanctuary. Developers and investors including buyers are in panic owing to this order," said a senior Noida authority official.

Following the NGT order, the petitioner's advocate and the authority's officials along with local police are likely to conduct an inspection on Sunday to ascertain how many realtors have not taken requisite clearances. This team will submit its report before the NGT during a hearing on August 27.

However, realtors said that the UP government and the Noida authority is to be blamed for the mess, which has been created in Noida after the NGT order.

"Okhla bird sanctuary was declared as a protected wildlife habitat in 1990 by government agencies. After that in 2006, the Supreme Court directed states to declare 10km area around national and bird sanctuaries as eco-sensitive. Then why didn't the authority plan its master plan keeping in mind the fact that Okhla is a protected site? Builders got the land in 2008 or later from the authority. Therefore, the authority or UP is to be blamed for this crisis which is brewing after the NGT order," said a realtor.


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