Committee to monitor constructions at Commonwealth Games site

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New Delhi, Nov 3 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today ordered the formation of a four-member committee to monitor the construction carried out by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) at the village site for the Commonwealth Games 2010.

The court made it clear that any construction close to river Yamuna that may have an adverse impact on environment would not be allowed for the Commonwealth Games.

Deputing environmental scientist R K Pachauri to head the committee, a bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Rekha Sharma made it clear that any construction undertaken or likely to be carried out by Government and other parties would be cleared by the committee.

''We amply make it clear to the respondents (Government and others) that if they carry out any construction, they will be doing so at their own peril,'' the Bench said, while constituting the committee headed by Mr Pachauri.

The court's directions came on a bunch of petitions filed by environmental activists, alleging that ongoing construction on the river bed of Yamuna would disturb the ecological balance and hinder ground water recharge and environmental regeneration.

They also sought the court's direction to restrain the Centre from carrying out any constructions on the river bed for the Commonwealth Games in 2010.

Admitting their plea, the court, however, refused to stay the construction work, saying that all constructions would be subject to the final outcome of the hearing on the matter.

All constructions would be subject to the directions of the court on the basis of the Committee's report, the Bench said.

''If the report finds that it (constructions) would affect environment, then we will pass proper directions,'' the court said, while asking the Committee to submit its report within three months of its constitution.


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