In a hearing of illegal occupation & destruction of at least 1,200 water bodies in Ghaziabad district, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) admitted a review petition of Sushil Raghav, a Ghaziabad-based environmentalist. The hearing will now take place on September 27.
Sushil Raghav said that earlier one of the parties, UPSIDC (Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation) went for a review petition in Supreme Court that was dismissed, however, the SC gave the UPSIDC liberty to file a review petition in NGT. Thereafter, the UPSIDC filed a review petition at the NGT that was declined too. The NGT had asked a committee—to report on water bodies—to be formed comprising UPSIDC, administration and Ghaziabad PCB officials, but that report was never submitted to the NGT.
Raghav told delhincrnews.in that these lakes and ponds were usurped by the governmental agencies as well as others since decades and it was of utmost importance to revive them, especially in the wake of groundwater levels falling to alarming levels in Ghaziabad and surrounding areas.
–By Prasoon Pant