Green panel clears DDA`s mega housing project in Vasant Kunj
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 19:21
New Delhi: An environmental panel has cleared DDA's mega residential complex at South Delhi's posh Vasant Kunj after the housing agency argued that the project does not fall under the purview of environment norms.

"Earlier, we had put on hold the project as we felt that it did not meet the environment norms and initiated construction without our approval.

"But after DDA told us at a recent meeting that the work had started much before the green norms were enforced, we had to clear the project," State Environment Appraisal Committee (SEAC) chairman C R Babu said.

He said the green committee was informed that the work on the housing project had started before the Environment Impact Assessment Notification of 2006 and "as such there was no violation of regulation."

As per DDA, the plot area spread over 2,36,581 square meters will have over 3,000 flats for higher, medium and lower income groups. The total parking proposed is 3692 vehicles.

The DDA told the panel that water requirement of 1580 KLD will be met through DJB while on-site sewage treatment plant will be constructed to treat sewage generation to be emitted from the Rs 200-crore project being constructed the for Commonwealth Games next year.

The SEAC has now recommended the project to the higher body, State Environment Impact Assessment Authority for environment clearance.

Meanwhile, the SEAC has also asked the DDA to ensure that groundwater extraction from existing/proposed borewells is done only with prior permission of a water regulatory body and excess treated water should be pumped to the adjacent Aravalli Biodiversity Park.

"We have also asked them to plant jamun, a drought- tolerant species, in green belt and adopt energy conservation building code," Babu added.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 19:21

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