The Haj House to facilitate pilgrims in Ghaziabad is being built in violation of laws as it is located on the floodplains of river Hindon, a plea submitted before the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has stated.
Taking note of the plea, a bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar on Friday issued notices to the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF), Uttar Pradesh government, its irrigation department, state pollution control board, UP Haj House committee and others. The plea seeks demolition of the Aala Hazrat Haj House.
The green panel said any construction would be subject to the outcome of the proceedings on the plea.
The plea has been filed by Ghaziabad residents and an NGO, Society for protection of Environment and Biodiversity. They have claimed that the land where the Haj House is being constructed is recorded as ‘Hindon River’ in the revenue records of Arthala village in Ghaziabad district.
According to the plea, filed through advocates Ritwick Dutta and Rahul Choudhary, the construction of Haj House is in complete violation of the directions of the chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh issued to all authorities, including police, to ensure that no construction of
any kind is allowed on the floodplain.
The plea has also referred to a 2013 order of the NGT that took note of several illegal constructions on floodplains and passed a restraining order against any illegal construction of temporary or permanent nature on floodplains of Yamuna and Hindon.
Located at Arthala village near Hindon river, the Ghaziabad Haj House is an under-construction seven-storey building.
The Haj House will be able to accommodate 2,500 pilgrims at a time. It will have arrangements for foreign exchange, immigration, medical aid and other amenities for the pilgrims. A separate administrative block is also being constructed.