NGT allows Metro to build bridge over Yamuna, but with riders
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has given its approval to Delhi Metro to construct a bridge over the Yamuna floodplains under the Phase-IV project.
The bench of judges, while allowing construction of the bridge, however, imposed several conditions.
“The construction must not cause any change in flow conditions or difficulty in the barrage upstream or Signature Bridge downstream,” the bench said.
Besides, the panel said construction activity must be carried out with minimum effect on the floodplains. “The agencies must also keep in mind that the restoration of the floodplain is not impacted adversely or otherwise. The debris generated should be disposed of scientifically and no dumping shall be allowed on the floodplains,” it said.
To ensure further environmental safeguards for the Yamuna and its floodplains on account of such activities in future, a Cumulative Impact Assessment is required to be carried out, the bench said.
“Besides individual evaluation of such projects, the cumulative assessment would be able to capture a holistic picture in terms of impact of such future developmental activities,” it said.
The panel was hearing a plea filed by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) seeking permission to construct a bridge on the Yamuna floodplains.
The NGT warned DMRC that any failure in abiding by any conditions placed by it will lead to withdrawal of permission.
A team of the anti-narcotics cell of the Karnal police has arrested a drug peddler and claimed to have recovered 1.90kg of opium from him. The police have identified the accused as Dalchand of Makrandpur village in Badayun district of Uttar Pradesh. The police have booked him under the relevant Sections of the NDPS Act at Sadar police station. He was produced in court and was taken on four-day police remand.
The Punjab and Haryana high court has sought a response from the National Highways Authority of India, among others, on a plea challenging the collection of toll at Gadpuri in Palwal on the Delhi-Agra highway. The high court bench of justice Vinod S Bhardwaj acted on the plea from two Palwal residents, Karan Singh Dala, a former MLA, and Rajvir, who had challenged NHAI's decision to allow the collection of toll by the concessionaire.
Haryana deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala on Friday inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of 16 projects worth Rs 87 crore in Sonepat. Interacting with reporters, Dushyant said Union minister Nitin Gadkari had accepted all the demands related to the road development in the state. He said the Prime Minister will inaugurate the Maruti-Suzuki plant at Kharkhauda on August 28.
A month after the mining mafia killed deputy superintendent of police Surender Singh in Nuh district on July 19, the Haryana government has instituted a commission of inquiry to look into the circumstances leading to the death of the DSP who was mowed down by a dumper during a raid to check illegal mining.
Unidentified persons thrashed a shoe trader's employee and robbed him of his scooter carrying ₹12.50 lakh near Karabara on Thursday late. The man was returning home after dropping his employer at his house in Kitchlu Nagar. However, expressing apprehensions regarding the story, police said the victim had changed his statement a few times. He asked to record his statement, but did not reach the police station until Friday evening.