Sub­mit re­port on en­croach­ments in SW Delhi: NGT

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: Na­tional Green Tri­bunal has asked the Delhi chief sec­re­tary to look into il­le­gal en­croach­ments and un­reg­u­lated mar­kets at Sa­malkha Extension near Ka­pashera.

A bench headed by NGT chair­per­son jus­tice Adarsh Ku­mar Goel asked the chief sec­re­tary to mon­i­tor the ac­tion taken by the rel­e­vant author­ity and fur­nish a composite re­port within a month.

The green court passed the or­der af­ter tak­ing note of a re­port filed by South Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion stat­ing that it is not au­tho­rised to take up work in an unau­tho­rised colony and ac­tion has to be taken by the de­part­ment of ir­ri­ga­tion and flood con­trol of Delhi govern­ment.

“Since il­le­gal­i­ties are ad­mit­ted but re­spon­si­bil­ity is dis­owned on the grounds that an­other de­part­ment is re­spon­si­ble, this as­pect needs to be looked into by the CS,” the bench said.

South cor­po­ra­tion told the bench that an in­spec­tion of the area was car­ried out and it was found that these mar­kets are lo­cated on pri­vate land and as such no ac­tion can be car­ried out by it.

NGT noted that the sta­tus re­port filed by Delhi Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Com­mit­tee states that certain steps have been taken but it is not clear whether any ef­fec­tive ac­tion has been taken on the ground.

The green court was hear­ing a plea filed by city resident Naren­dra Vats con­tend­ing that il­le­gal en­croach­ments and un­reg­u­lated mar­kets have come up at Sa­malkha Extension, East Tele­phone Ex­change Road near Sonia Gandhi Camp, Sa­malkha vil­lage and Na­tional High­way 48. He al­leged that var­i­ous com­plaints were made to au­thor­i­ties con­cerned but no ef­fec­tive ac­tion has been taken till date.

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