NGT slams govt for ca­sual ap­proach to mark­ing for­est land

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY | BOMBER IN NET -

New Delhi: Na­tional Green Tri­bunal rapped the Delhi gov­ern­ment for its “ca­sual” ap­proach in de­mar­ca­tion of for­est land in the south­ern ridge area and di­rected it to com­plete the ex­er­cise within a month.

A bench headed by Jus­tice S P Wangdi said de­spite as­sur­ances by the rev­enue depart­ment and the other con­cerned au­thor­i­ties that the de­mar­ca­tion work would be com­pleted on time, noth­ing has been done.

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

It said that NGT’s De­cem­ber 20, 2017 or­der was “clear and cat­e­gor­i­cal” in di­rect­ing that the regime pre­scribed for the process of de­mar­ca­tion was re­quired to be strictly fol­lowed in or­der to avoid “flood­gate of claims and counter claims by all con­cerned par­ties” hav­ing land ad­join­ing the ridge area in the vil­lages of Ran­puri, Ra­jokri and Ghi­torni in Vas­ant Kunj sub­di­vi­sion.

“Upon pe­rusal of the records of the case, we find that there has been ab­so­lute ca­su­al­ness on the part of the con­cerned au­thor­i­ties, who have been re­cal­ci­trant and, as ob­served ear­lier, pro­cras­ti­nat­ing in com­plet­ing the work en­trusted upon them,” ob­served the green bench.

The tri­bunal said that an up­dated first sta­tus re­port for the same is re­quired to be filed within 15 days of the or­der dated 9th Fe­bru­ary with the first draft to be sub­mit­ted on Fe­bru- ary 26 and the fi­nal de­mar­ca­tion re­port to be sub­mit­ted on March 13. “Since, enough time has been taken by the rev­enue depart­ment and the other con­cerned au­thor­i­ties to com­plete the work, fur­ther time sought for is granted with a strict di­rec­tion that the work shall be com­pleted within the next one month,” the bench noted.

NGT had last year in July, pulled up the Delhi gov­ern­ment for not stick­ing to their dead­lines and had threat­ened fines if the de­mar­ca­tion was not com­pleted on time.

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