Natural conservation zones like forests, water bodies and wastelands have declined in the National Capital Region (NCR) over the years, union minister M. Venkaiah Naidu informed the Lok Sabha Wednesday.
The National Green Tribunal Tuesday directed Uttar Pradesh government to remove encroachments in all water bodies in the state within four weeks and also give a list of the lakes, ponds and places in Ghaziabad district which have been encroached upon.
The Delhi High Court has directed the city police to ensure that water bodies like lakes and ponds are not encroached upon or allotted in future to make good the deficiency of land during consolidation proceedings.
Water bodies measuring a total area
of 7.39 hectares have been filled up legally or illegally by
private housing companies and civic bodies in West Bengal`s
South 24 Parganas district, the state government said today.