HC delays PIL challenging Commonwealth games village

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New Delhi, Dec 18 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today deferred the hearing on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) which challenged that the building of 'Games village' for the coming Commonwealth Games will spoil the Yamuna river and its bed.

Appearing before the special bench of Justice A K Sikri and Rekha Sharma, Solicitor General of India G E Vahanvati said construction of permanent structures on the river bed was in public interest, adding that the capital would witness developments on large scale forming a new city.

Quoting the earlier instance when Asian Games were held in Delhi in 1982, Mr Vahanvati said lot of development took place during that time and all the flyovers, big hotels and other infrastructure was the result of it.

''Similarly, Delhi is preparing itself for the Commonwealth games which will be held in 2010 and again a lot of development will take place. Projects to make bridges, flyovers, transport corridors, hotels are already in progress and they are based on larger public interest,'' he said.

A PIL was filed in the Delhi High Court that the building of permanent structures on the Yamuna bed will be a grave environmental threat and therefore, the court should intervene to shift the venue elsewhere.

Arguments will continue in this matter on the next date of hearing on January 2, 2008.

UNI

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