No problem with Noida park : Centre to SC
Ministry of Environment has told SC Maya`s Noida park did not need its clearance.
New Delhi: The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court that it had no problems with construction of statues and memorials for Dalit leaders at a park in Noida in Uttar Pradesh as it was not in its ambit.
On April 30, the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) had said given the complex nature of the project and its adverse impact on surrounding biodiversity and its proximity to Okhla bird sancturay, it will not grant clearance. But today it said it had no objections.
The Ministry however said it would carry a detailed study if desired by the court on the matter.
Citing a report of the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), the MoEF had said until and unless the actions suggested by the institute are undertaken and discharged by the state, it would be unable to grant clearance as "it would gravely prejudice the sanctity and integrity of the adjoining bird sancuary which is home to many critically endangered species".
The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Ministry, which reviewed the three environment impact assessment reports prepared by the UP government, has also suggested certain measures to be taken by the state for getting clearance of the Rs 650-crore project.
The actions suggested by the EAC included increase in greenery, restriction on use of ground water, creation of noise barriers in the form of thick plantation, no artificial illumination and proper disposal of solid wastes. The UP govt had inturn agreed to increase the percentage of greenery in the park.
The UP government had claimed the stay on construction work was causing a loss of Rs three lakh everyday to it.
The state government had said the MoEF`s earlier affidavit, in which it had said that the land in question did not come under the forest area, favoured the lifting of stay on construction at the site.
The state government had argued that 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 Okhla which falls under the national capital. Today, the MoEF espoused this stance.
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.