Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sir, we believe that 'clearance conditions' are meant to be respected - two examples of violations by DDA and DMRC

17 April 2012
YJA/CORRES/4/12


Sri Tejendra Khanna,
Hon'ble Lt Governor of Delhi
Raj Niwas
DELHI

Sub: Sir, we believe that 'clearance conditions' are meant to be respected - two examples of violations by DDA and DMRC

Respected Sir,

Greetings from Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan.

Sir, please permit us to bring to your kind notice, two recent violations one by the DDA and the other by the DMRC of the clearance conditions, for necessary remedial actions.

1. Delhi Development Authority (DDA)

The DDA has today (HT of April 16, 2012) vide NIT No. 05/EE(P) CWG/CC-3/DDA/2011-12 (EE/CGD-I) taken steps to dispose excess rain water from the CWG village complex into the nearby Shahdara drain, which is in violation of condition I (iii) of MOEF's Environmental clearance (EC) condition dated 14th December 2006 which reads as:

"No rain water will be discharged out of the project site into existing drains. DDA stated that the entire rain water would be utilised for recharging groundwater."

Now this is in addition to DDA having failed to provide for any water body (for ground water recharge) over mandated 12 ha area in the CWG village complex to be filled by the Yamuna river waters as was stipulated by the NEERI 1999 and 2005 reports and which had also been reiterated before the Hon'ble SC by the DDA.

2. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)

Sir, the DMRC is currently constructing two bridges over river Yamuna, one d/s of HNZ Bridge and the other d/s of Okhla Barrage, as part of its phase III activities.

The construction of these bridges had been considered by the Yamuna Standing Committee (YSC) of CWC at its 79th and 80th meets held respectively on 27 Feb 12 and 6 March 12 and then both these bridges were permitted to be constructed as elevated bridges on certain conditions to which the DMRC had admittedly agreed. (copy of letter dated 23 March 12 from DMRC to us at Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan with a copy to the OSD to Hon'ble LG, is enclosed).


The condition 4 in the letter clearly stipulates that:

"No labour camps/construction material yards/batching plants etc, will be set up in the flood plains / river bed of the river and if required, such camps/yards/plants will be set up outside the river bed."

Now against the above we have been shocked to see DMRC enclosing large area (please see enclosed pics) in the river bed at a site meant for Rajeev Smriti Van, next to Ring Road and HNZ Bridge intersection. For records allow us to also state that we have pictorial evidence to prove that this site had gone under water during the floods in river Yamuna in Sep 2010.

Sir, the above raises some disturbing portend.

Is it that when these state agencies require a clearance from a regulatory authority, it makes promises which are then to be soon forgotten and violated?

We humbly request that the facts as brought out by us may kindly be got investigated and then remedial action may please be initiated.

With warm regards,


Manoj Misra
Convener

CC:

Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Environment and Forests - For your kind information and necessary action please.

Smt Sheila Dixit, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Delhi – For your kind information and necessary action please.

Sri T. Chatterjee, Special Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests – For your kind information and necessary action please.

Chairman, Delhi Urban Arts Commission – For your kind information and necessary action please.

Chairman, Yamuna Standing Committee, Central Water Commission – For your kind information and necessary action please.

Vice Chairman, Delhi Development Authority – For your kind information and necessary action please.

Managing Director, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation - For your kind information and necessary action please.

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