Following an outcry by environmental bodies, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has decided to go slow and take suggestions from the public on the contentious issue of shrinking the boundaries of zone ‘O’ that defines the river Yamuna and its floodplains.
The DDA wants to redefine the boundaries of zone O in the Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) 2021 so that the nearly 30 unauthorised colonies that have come up in the area or some existing villages can be brought under nearby zones. As per MPD norms, no construction is allowed in the zone O.The proposal of redrawing zone O was on the agenda of the authority’s meeting. But after it was reported in HT last week, many green groups were up in arms against the move.
So the DDA decided to take more views from public instead of approving the proposal immediately. “The authority discussed at length the concerns expressed by various individuals and organisations and it was decided to put the proposal in the public domain,” a DDA statement said.
“Various nations are making special efforts to reclaim their previously lost flood plains. In the light of Uttarakhand tragedy, it defies any logic to go ahead with the said proposal,” said Manoj Misra, convenor, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan.