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Reconsider building hospital on Yamuna floodplain: activist

The Parmanand Blind Relief Hospital is coming up on the Yamuna floodplain near Nigambodh ghat.photo: special arrangement  

: Environmental activist Manoj Misra has written to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal requesting them to reconsider the construction of a blind relief hospital on the Yamuna floodplains in Nigambodh ghat area of Yamuna Bazaar.

Citing example of the recent floods in Chennai, where many patients died due to logistical complications from flooding, Mr. Misra wrote that Delhi must ensure that no public utility, especially a hospital, is constructed in an area prone to flooding. “…construction in the active floodplain, of Parmanand Blind Relief Hospital, has been permitted by the DDA. We wonder if any environmental impact assessment or environmental clearance of the project has been taken?” the letter said. Mr. Misra added that the area where the hospital is coming up is inundated during normal floods, and a major flood could prove catastrophic.

“We believe this to be an example of a highly irresponsible land-use permission given by the DDA and we request that this dangerous development be urgently reviewed and the concerned developer be allotted suitable alternate piece of land at a safe location in the city. …the Nigambodh ghat area is in urgent need of a "redevelopment plan" with its ecological, religious and mythological values kept intact,” said the Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan activist.

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