Previous affidavits by DDA, PWD, CPWD, DMRC, U.P. incorrect”

Terming the affidavits “entirely incorrect”, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has once again instructed the heads of various authorities in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh to file comprehensive affidavits within six weeks on the extent of debris deposited on the banks of the Yamuna. Last month, the Tribunal had granted a final opportunity to the authorities that included the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Delhi Development Authority and the civic bodies to file comprehensive affidavits on the issue.

“Affidavits on behalf of the public authorities, including the DDA, PWD, CPWD, DMRC, State of Uttar Pradesh and different corporations, have been filed and we have no hesitation in noticing that these affidavits are entirely incorrect and they do not comply with the directions contained in our orders,” noted a Bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar on Thursday.

The Tribunal was hearing a petition filed by Manoj Misra of the Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan, who has opposed the dumping of debris and construction waste on the banks of the river. Noting that the Ministry of Environment and Forests Secretary held a meeting under his chairmanship of the Committee to consider the development and beautification of the river banks, the order stated: “One of the main features stated in the report is that large land of the Yamuna, for instance out of a total of 9,700 ha. area for River Front Development, only 1452 ha. is presently available with the DDA for development and the balance area is under agriculture and other leases, encroachments, etc. by different persons.”

The Bench has noted that the DDA Vice-Chairman and all other authorities, including the Delhi Government, in whom such land vests, shall before the next date of hearing file complete plan for removal of the unauthorised occupants for restoration of the entire land to the Government of Delhi and other respective bodies. The next date of hearing is July 17.