The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday agreed with the Supreme Court's advice to reduce the construction area to 35 per cent at Noida park where the state administration has installed statues of several Dalit leaders. At present, the concrete structure extends to 55 per cent.
A special bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia gave the suggestion to senior advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for the state, after the latter informed the court that UP had decided to increase the green cover from the existing 45 to 61 per cent.
The decision was taken after the state authorities and apex court appointed Centrally Empowered Committee (CEC) held a joint inspection of the site on August 3.
In an affidavit before the court, the state said it would transplant 8 to 10 feet high trees to increase the green cover area at the park.
During the hearing, however, Venugopal consented with the court's observation that green area should be extended to 65 per cent.
But in wake of the petitioner opposing the entire structure, the court did not pass any final order.
As the petitioner’s counsel, senior advocate Jayant Bhushan challenged the construction work at a “forest area”, the court asked him to produce “authentic records” proving that it was a forest.
“If there is anything to show that the site was a forest, show it to us,” the bench told Bhushan, giving him time till August 13.