“Delhi police personnel definitely deserve better than being provided land for a residential complex on a marshland,” said Manoj Misra, convenor of the NGO Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan. “According to the Master Plan, this area falls under Zone C and is part of marshland, which is designated for recreational use and as a water body. The DDA now wants to convert it into residential area,” he said.
Misra said the Delhi government should permanently delineate wetlands so that their land use can never be changed for any other purpose. “The Dheerpur scheme is yet another example of a systematic conversion of city’s water bodies into non compatible land uses,” he said.
The NGO has written to the Delhi lieutenant-governor, who is also the DDA chairman, requesting him to intervene.
The DDA is yet to take a final decision and through the notice, it has invited suggestions and objections from people. It has mandated that after the land use is changed, nearly one third of the total 60 acres would have to be maintained as green area and construction of buildings would only be allowed to Master Plan norms and permissible floor-area ratio.
DDA officials couldn’t be contacted for comments despite repeated attempts.