Delhi ridge: NGT directs AAP govt to pay Rs 2L fine

Delhi ridge: NGT directs AAP govt to pay Rs 2L fine
Delhi ridge: NGT directs AAP govt to pay Rs 2L fine

The National Green Tribunal today refused to modify its order imposing a cost of Rs two lakh on the Delhi government for “inordinate delay” in demarcation of forest land in the southern ridge area.

A bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim directed the AAP government to immediately comply with its July 20 order and deposit the amount with the Legal Aid Committee of the NGT Bar Association.

The tribunal, which did not pass any order on the review plea filed by the city government, said it would take up the matter on August 4.

On July 20, the green panel had said the city government was frustrating the orders of the green panel on one pretext or the other and showing “disdainful conduct” in the matter.

It had also sought action plan and warned that in case of default the NGT would be compelled to pass order with the direction that on each day of non-compliance further cost of Rs one lakh will be saddled on the NCT of Delhi.

“The proceedings in these cases reflect the manner in which administration of NCT of Delhi is being governed.

“Orders passed by us on previous dates speak out aloud of the modus operandi of all concerned to frustrate directions of this tribunal… It is regrettable to note that except for taking prevaricate stands on each occasion on different dates the respondents are displaying clear disdainful conduct in frustrating the order of this tribunal,” it had said.

The NGT had earlier directed the Delhi government to adhere to the time schedule and expeditiously carry out demarcation of the area falling within their limits.

The tribunal was hearing a bunch of pleas field by South Delhi resident Sonya Ghosh and others against encroachments on forest land in the southern ridge area and seeking their removal.

( Source – PTI )

Constructions in Delhi Ridge: court notice to ministries

The Delhi High Court has issued notice to the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) and the ministry of defence (MoD) on a petition seeking a stay on the construction of staff quarters by cutting trees in Delhi’s green Ridge area.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna Wednesday issued the notice seeking their response by Aug 17. It has also sought a reply from the government and the Border Roads Organisation.

The court issued notice while hearing the petition filed by Ashok Kumar Tanwar, a Delhi resident, who said the construction work was in complete violation of environmental norms.

“Direct the concerned respondents to protect the forest land and waste land surrounded at west by Inderpuri road and Naraina Industrial Area,” said the petition, adding that they should also be stopped from illegal activities of quarrying, mining, felling of trees and raising apartments in the Ridge area.

On noticing the environmental degradation around their village, Tanwar wrote to the MoEF in 2005 complaining about the illegal activities under way in the central Ridge area, but nobody took action.

A forest officer of the Delhi government had visited the site and submitted a report in September 2005. According to the report, heavy machinery is being used to take out stones from the area.

“The authorities are failing to perform their statutory duty in protecting the reserve forests and knowingly allowing illegal activities in the area,” the petition adds.