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Stop farming on Yamuna floodplains by 2020: NGT

September 12, 2019 05:04 AM


Stop farming on Yamuna floodplains by 2020: NGT
saving delhi’s lifeline Green tribunal orders that the Yamuna floodplains must be physically demarcated and repossession of all encroached land be taken within six months

The policy of providing 20,000 litres of water free per month was resulting in excessive use of water, NGT said. Mohd Zakir/HT

New Delhi : The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday directed the Delhi Development Authority to ensure that farming of fruit and vegetables on the Yamuna floodplains is stopped, failing which the land-owning agency will be penalised from April 2020.

The green panel, reiterating the ban on crop cultivation on the floodplains, asked the DDA to restore the area into biodiversity parks.

“The DDA must physically demarcate the floodplains and take repossession in case of encroachments within six months and fence such areas and convert them into biodiversity parks, as per the action plan proposed by them previously,” the panel said in its order.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel warned that the DDA will be liable to pay ₹5 lakh per month till compliance from April 1, 2020, if it failed to meet its directive. The fine may be recovered from erring officers and deposited with the CPCB for restoration of environment.

The NGT-appointed Yamuna pollution monitoring committee will look into the compliance of the directions, the bench said.

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