SC gives green signal for Commonwealth Games Village

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New Delhi, July 30(ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday gave the green signal for the construction of the Commonwealth Games Village in Delhi, stating that it did not violate environmental norms.

The judgment, which allows the construction to continue, has brought a great sigh of relief for the government that is trying to hasten the construction process owing to approaching deadlines.

The Games, are scheduled to be held in October 2010.

The apex court said the CWG 2010 village was not located on the riverbed of the Yamuna River, and thereby, did not pose any threat to flora and fauna.

Earlier, on July 15, a bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice K.G.Balakrishnan reserved its verdict after hearing arguments supporting and opposing the ongoing construction of the Commonwealth Games Village with multi-storey apartment blocks, coming up allegedly on the Yamuna riverbed.

The government is constructing 1,068 super-deluxe flats in the two village towers for 8,000 athletes and games officials from 71 countries The petition was filed by Magsaysay Award winner Rajendra Singh, and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), whom alleged the violation of green laws. (ANI)

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