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NGT asks PWD to halt work on third phase of Barapullah elevated road


The National Green Tribunal on Tuesdsay asked PWD to stop work on the third phase of Barapullah elevated road, connecting Sarai Kale Khan with Mayur Vihar, till it acquires an environment clearance. The Government agency, however, said the project does not quality for such a clearance.

A report in the media quoting a senior official said that contrary to petitioner Manoj Mishra’s claim that the project covered an area of 150,000 sq m, it is much smaller. The other issue raised by the petitioner relates to a hydraulic assessment to determine whether the pillars, on which the bridge will be supported, will disturb the flow of water. A study has already been carried out based on which the Yamuna Standing Committee cleared the project, said the official.

Quoting sources, the report further said the main bone of contention is an RMC (ready mix concrete) plant that PWD is setting up on the eastern side of the river near Akshardham Temple and another one that already exists on the western side.

The project is expected to be completed in 2017.