Metro crosses last hurdle to Faridabad
The special forest bench of Supreme Court has cleared the decks to construct a carriageway and overhead Metro Line by the National Highways Authority of India near Badarpur.
The completion of two projects on Mathura Road will benefit thousands of motorists who travel daily from Faridabad to Delhi.
The bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balkrishnan dismissed an application that claimed the carriageway and Metro line on NH-2 would destroy the Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex and result in large-scale destruction of trees.
The SC’s nod to the project is subsequent to the Central Empowered Committee’s report that had earlier given a green signal to the two projects.
In its report to the forest bench, the committee said both projects were in the public interest and would to clear the bottleneck on Mathura Road.
“The decongestion of this bottleneck was long overdue and now requires to be completed at the earliest. The CEC, after taking into account all the relevant factors, is of the considered view that both the projects, being site-specific activities, should be allowed to proceed without any interruption or hindrance,” the report read.
Both NHAI and DMRC rebutted the applicant’s arguments, stating that the projects were planned after getting approval from various authorities, including the DDA, Delhi Government, DUAC and ASI.
The NHAI said it has undertaken to plant 10 times the number of trees that would be cut to accommodate the carriageway. About 395 trees are likely to be axed.
The DMRC also claimed it had maintained a safe distance of 13 metres from the archaeological monuments.
A spread of lip-smacking food was laid out for Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann's wedding function in Chandigarh. A food menu of the function, obtained by news agency ANI, showed that guests at the wedding were served the best of Indian cuisine including Karahi Paneer, Tandoori Kulche, Dal Makhani, Navratan Biryani, Mausami Subzian. They also got to devour some Italian dishes including the Lasagna Siciliano. This is Bhagwant Mann's second marriage.
A communal clash that broke out in Karnataka's Kerur was due to 'personal issues' between the two sides, chief minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Thursday, a day after violence erupted in the town over alleged eve-teasing. The situation in Kerur continues to be peaceful but tense, and a total of 18 people – from both the Hindu and Muslim communities – have been arrested. Overall, at least four people were injured in the clashes.
In a tragic incident, three people working in a chowmein factory in Gajapati district of Odisha died of asphyxiation on Wednesday night after they went to sleep while keeping the chowmein dryer machine turned on. Police officials in Gajapati said the three workers in the chowmein factory at Narayan Nagar of Mohana area had gone to sleep after putting the soggy chowmein noodles to dry in the chowmein dryer machine.
The Hebbal flyover in Bengaluru - known for its traffic congestion - has finally been picked up by city authorities, who have come out with a fresh set of rules. The advisory was announced by the Bangalore Traffic Police. The same goes for vehicles coming from KR Puram, Road and Tumakuru Road. Vehicles traveling on the airport road flyover can join the Hebbal flyover as usual.
Looking dapper in a mustard kurta-pyjama and Nehru jacket with a matching golden yellow turban, Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann was all smiles as Aam Aadmi Party leaders Arvind Kejriwal and MP Raghav Chadha arrived to attend his wedding to Dr Gurpreet Kaur at a private ceremony at his official residence in Chandigarh on Thursday morning. A van carrying Guru Granth Sahib arrived around 10am amid tight security around the chief minister's residence.