DDA supports DTC millennium bus depot built on Yamuna bank
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 09, 2011, 22:07
New Delhi: The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Wednesday told the high court that the world's largest bus depot, built on the Yamuna river bank opposite the Millennium Park was in accordance with the Centre's Master Plan 2021 for development of the national capital.

The DDA, in its affidavit to the division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna, said the construction was done "in accordance with the Zonal developmental plan-O and the Delhi Master Plan 2021."

It said the government of India had constituted Yamuna River Development Authority under the chairmanship city's Lt governor with chief minister as its vice-chairperson to examine the proposal for building the depot.

The panel had approved the plan to build the depot after inviting suggestions and objections from various quarters in 2007.

DDA filed the affidavit in its reply to a PIL by Vinod Jain, an environmentalist contending that the bus depot was constructed temporarily for the Commonwealth Games 2010 after which it should have been dismantled, leaving the area in its original form as flood plain.

He also said the construction of the depot near Nizamuddin Bridge would cause an environmental disaster as the depot is located on the active flood plain and water recharging area.

He alleged the authorities have ignored the provisions of the Masterplan and the Zonal plan by allowing the construction which would jeopardise the efforts for rejuvenation of the river Yamuna and its flood plains.

"River Yamuna has been placed in Zone'O' considered as eco-sensitive. Even the Central Ground water Authority (CGWA) has identified the entire area as potential aquifer for the management of ground water resources. Construction of the depot is not environment regenerating....," the petitioner said in the PIL.


First Published: Wednesday, March 09, 2011, 22:07

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