Noida Park: Centre seeks SC nod to examine environment reports

The Centre today sought some time from the Supreme Court to examine environmental impact reports prepared by UP govt in connection with the construction of statues and memorials for Dalit leaders at a park in Noida.

Last Updated: Jul 20, 2010, 22:55 PM IST

New Delhi: The Centre today sought some time
from the Supreme Court to examine environmental impact reports
prepared by Uttar Pradesh government in connection with the
construction of statues and memorials for Dalit leaders at a
park in Noida near here.

A fresh affidavit filed by the Ministry of Environment
and Forest (MoEF) said there was a need to examine the three
reports prepared by Uttar Pradesh government as they were
not concurring with each other.

The expert bodies appointed by the state government
conducted three studies after the apex court stayed the
construction work at the park.

"The expert appraisal committee of the MoEF has perused
the three reports. The ministry now feels that the reports are
not concurring with each other," advocate Haris Beeran, who
filed the affidavit on behalf of the MoEF, said.

The affidavit, he said, has pointed out that there was
a need for another report.

The matter is listed for hearing on Friday before a
special forest bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia.

The UP government had claimed that the stay on the
construction work was causing a loss of Rs three lakh
everyday to it.

During the previous hearings, the state government had
said the MoEF affidavit favoured the lifting of stay on the
construction at the site.

The MoEF, in its earlier affidavit, had said the land in
question did not come under the forest area.

Uttar Pradesh government had submitted all hurdles for
lifting the stay have been removed as the Centre, in its
affidavit, had made it clear that there was no need for
environmental clearance for the project.

The state government had argued the apex court-appointed
Central Empowered Committee (CEC) in its report also had said
that the project in no way affects the bird sanctuary in
nearby Okhla which falls under the national capital.

All work for the Rs 650-crore project on the 33.43
hectare land has been stopped since October 9, 2009, by the
apex court order.

The Centre had earlier opposed the project on
environmental grounds.

PTI