Social activist files PIL to save Yamuna river bed

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New Delhi, Nov 20 (UNI) Opposing the Central Government's ambitious project of constructing the Commonwealth Games village on the banks of Yamuna river, a Public Interest Litigation has been filed in the High Court against permanent constructions on the river bed.

Social environment activist Rajinder Singh, in his petition, said that no permanent construction should be allowed on the river bed as it will be very harmful for the environment.

Lawyer for the activist Sanjay Parikh, argued before the special bench comprising Justices AK Sikri and Rekha Sharma, stating that the decision taken by the Government to errect a Commonwealth Games Village on the river bed will spoil the river bed and the aquifer of the river will be effected. It would also lead to flood.

Defending Lawyer Solicitor General of India G E Vahanvati, who is appearing for Ministry of environment and for DDA will reply on the next date of hearing on November 23.

The Land for the Commonwealth Games-2010 was alotted by the DDA and the approval for constructing the village was granted by the Ministry of Envvironment.

UNI

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