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Change in re­gional plan will set a prece­dent for other states

HT Estates - - HTESTATES - Van­dana Ram­nani

If the 0.5% cap on con­struc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in the Araval­lis is re­moved, Haryana will set a prece­dent for other states in the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion.

This will lead to ram­pant ex­ploita­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment and green cover along the Ya­muna bed in Delhi and Noida, say ex­perts.

“So far, Mas­ter Plan Delhi 2021 does not al­low de­vel­op­ment in the Ridge, pro­tected forests and the Ya­muna riverbed. The ju­di­ciary has been sup­port­ive too. With a prece­dent be­ing set by Haryana, it needs to be seen how far the sur­round­ing states re­sist the temp­ta­tion to tam­per with the nat­u­ral re­sources, which any­way are de­plet­ing,” avers Ramesh Menon, direc­tor, Certes Realty Ltd, an MPD 2021 ex­pert.

De­spite a mora­to­rium on con­struc­tion along the Ya­muna river bed, if the re­gional plan goes through, farm­houses are likely to come up along Zone 0 of the Mas­ter Plan 2021.

Farm­houses and other struc­tures along the river bed in Noida, the Okhla re­serve for­est and the wet­lands of Dadri, for in­stance, are also likely to be reg­u­larised if this plan were to be cleared, says Pradeep Khar­banda, an ur­ban town plan­ner.

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