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Plea to raze Games village filed in supreme court

The Supreme Court Tuesday adjourned by two weeks the hearing on a plea seeking directions to the central and Delhi governments to raze buildings constructed on the flood plains of the Yamuna river for the 2010 Commonwealth Games village.

An apex court bench of Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia, Justice A.K. Patnaik and Justice Swatanter Kumar adjourned the hearing on the petition by NGO Foundation for Indian Wetlands.

The petition, moved by NGO president M.K. Balakrishnan, said that the apex court in its earlier judgment had held that buildings constructed on wetlands shall be demolished and the area would be restored to its original form.

The petition said that the central and Delhi governments had illegally constructed the buildings for the sporting event on the flood plains of the Yamuna.

“Now the Commonwealth Games are over, but the illegal buildings remain on the flood plains of the Yamuna”, the petition said.

The petition said that wetlands help in keeping the atmospheric gases in balance and “are regulator of water flow”.


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