The redevelopment of East Kidwai Nagar in southwest Delhi by Urban Development Ministry has again come under the lens of National Green Tribunal which has sought response from the Centre and Delhi government after a plea alleged that requisite permissions have not been taken.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notices to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Delhi government and National Buildings Construction Corporation Ltd (NBCC) while seeking their reply by July 9.
The directions came while hearing a plea by South Delhi resident K S Gahunia who has alleged that NBCC, the project proponent, is in the garb of redevelopment destroying public roads and “illegally” erecting barricades on the roads.
Gahunia has also sought directions to restrain NBCC from operating the concrete mixing plants on roads without obtaining the required permission from regulatory authorities.
“NBCC has started reducing the width of the road from 90 feet to 30-40 feet with the malafide intentions causing utmost inconvenience to public…
“The Tribunal may kindly be pleased to pass an ad-interim injunction thereby restraining NBCC, their agents, representatives, employees etc from encroaching the public roads,” the plea said.
Earlier, in a separate plea, the Tribunal had given a go- ahead to the Rs 4,264-crore redevelopment project, where residential and commercial space is to be developed for government employees, saying “There is no reason to believe that the precautionary principle and the principle of sustainable development would be violated or compromised, if the said project is implemented”.