Fed up of crying foul over the presence of the Delhi Transport Corporation's Millennium Depot on the Yamuna riverbed, various environmental groups have now sought the direct intervention of Congress president Sonia Gandhi on the matter.
Environmentalists have called it like a situation akin to the Adarsh scam in Maharashtra.
Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan, the coalition of environmentalists and civil society members, wrote to Gandhi on Sunday, saying that the encroachment is one of the "worst legacies of the Commonwealth Games, 2010".
"We are constrained to seek your (Sonia Gandhi's) intervention in the case since our previous petitions in the matter made to the prime minister, lieutenant governor and the chief minister of Delhi, and all other relevant officials have not resulted in any tangible action," said the letter written to Gandhi. Copies of the letter were also sent to Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh and the Prime Minister's Office.
In 2009, the lieutenant governor had given a temporary permission to Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) to construct a depot on the riverbed along the Ring Road to park its fleet of new air-conditioned buses during the Games. As per replies to queries under the Right to Information Act from the Delhi government, the terms of the permission made it clear that the 61-acre depot was supposed to be dismantled after the Games since any such permanent structure on the riverbed tantamount to encroachment of the riverbed. Such structures are prohibited by the lieutenant governor's office.
Even after the Games, Delhi government has refused to dismantle the depot so far, much to the chagrin of the green brigade. "There could not be a better assessment of the present unfortunate state of the nation today, than your recent observation that due to overwhelming greed and avarice 'the moral universe in the country is shrinking'," said the letter.
"We have written to the Congress president and the UPA chairperson after all our communications went in vain. This is blatant encroachment of public land, which we oppose," said Manoj Misra, convener of Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan.