National Green Tribunal asks for report on construction ban

NOIDA: The National Green Tribunal on Monday directed Ghaziabad local authorities and UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) member-secretary to submit a report on implementation status of ban orders on construction on the Sahibabad drain and a green belt in Vaishali by March 10.

The tribunal had enforced the ban on February 5. Apart from the pollution control board, NGT has also given the order to the GDA, Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation and the UP State Industrial Development Corporation.
Based on an application filed by Ghaziabad-based environmental activist Hazi Arif, the tribunal had ordered the authorities to stop all construction activities on the drain between Kaushambi Metro station and Mohan Nagar. The tribunal had also directed to stop the release of untreated water into Sahibabad drain, which empties near Kalindi Kunj in Delhi.

According to the report, the bench had restricted constructions for the drain, which cause obstructions to the free flow of effluents, unless those constructions have valid permissions from the authorities.

The activist in his application said that the constructions over the particular stretch of green belt had disrupted groundwater recharge in the region and reduced green cover.

He also said that concretizing activities have been carried out despite the area having been declared as ‘over-exploited’ in terms of groundwater resources by the Central Ground Water Authority.


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