Govt rapped for be­ing ‘ca­sual’ in mark­ing Ridge

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NEW DELHI: The Na­tional Green Tri­bunal has crit­i­cised the Delhi gov­ern­ment for its “ca­sual” ap­proach in demarcation of for­est land in the South­ern Ridge area and asked it to com­plete the ex­er­cise within a month.

A bench headed by Jus­tice SP Wangdi said de­spite as­sur­ances by the rev­enue depart­ment and other author­i­ties con­cerned that the demarcation work would be com­pleted within a pre­scribed time frame, noth­ing has been done.

The green court warned that in case the or­der was not com­plied with, dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings would be ini­ti­ated against of­fi­cials con­cerned and a cost of ₹2 lakh would be paid by each re­spon­dent, par­tic­u­larly rev­enue and for­est depart­ment of Delhi gov­ern­ment.

The tri­bunal di­rected that the first sta­tus re­port of the work be filed within 15 days from Fe­bru­ary 26 and the fi­nal demarcation re­port should be sub­mit­ted on March 13.

The NGT had ear­lier di­rected the Delhi gov­ern­ment to ad­here to the time sched­ule and ex­pe­di­tiously carry out demarcation of the area fall­ing within their lim­its. It had said that the city gov­ern­ment was frus­trat­ing the or­ders of the green panel on one pre­text or an­other and show­ing “dis­dain­ful con­duct” in the mat­ter.

The or­der came while hear­ing a bunch of pleas field by South Delhi res­i­dent Sonya Ghosh and oth­ers against en­croach­ments on for­est land in the South­ern Ridge area and seek­ing their re­moval.


The Na­tional Green Tri­bunal has di­rected civic author­i­ties to file an ac­tion taken re­port on mak­ing a pipe­line op­er­a­tional to sup­ply treated sewage water for gar­den­ing in a South Delhi colony.

A bench headed by Jus­tice SP Wangdi asked the Delhi De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (DDA), South Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion and the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to make the pipe­line func­tional in Vas­ant Kunj so that fresh water is not wasted.

The green court also di­rected the author­i­ties to con­sider the sug­ges­tions of the ap­pli­cant in the case and im­ple­ment them ex­pe­di­tiously.

“We have taken on record a note filed on be­half of the ap­pli­cant plac­ing cer­tain sug­ges­tion to get over the im­ped­i­ments. We di­rect them to con­sider the sug­ges­tions and, if prac­ti­ca­ble and tech­no­log­i­cally fea­si­ble, to im­ple­ment those at the ear­li­est. We are of the view that as the is­sues raised in the ap­pli­ca­tion are not com­plex, th­ese can be ad­dressed with­out much de­lay con­ve­niently.

“We ex­pect the DDA, MCD as well as DJB to re­solve this is­sue and file an ac­tion taken re­port and, if they are not suc­cess­ful, to sub­mit a spe­cific time line for com­ple­tion of the work,” the bench said and posted the mat­ter for fur­ther hear­ing on Fe­bru­ary 28.

The di­rec­tion came while hear­ing a plea filed by re­tired Rear Ad­mi­ral AP Revi seek­ing di­rec­tions for sup­ply of treated sewage water in Vas­ant Kunj for gar­den­ing and other pur­poses so that they do not have to use fresh water. The plea had said that treated water should be used for the main­te­nance of green­ery in the Vas­ant Kunj area.

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