In the Arthala Lake case being heard by National Green Tribunal (NGT) it was directed that the progress made under joint action plan submitted by Ghaziabad administration and involving all agencies like Avas Vikas, Nagar Nigam and GDA, be made available through an affidavit in one week starting September 11.
Separately, the Tribunal asked the UP Avas Vikas to submit within a week the action taken by them so far. The Avas Vikas had to restore a substantial portion of the lake (around 7 hectares) within its jurisdiction in Vasundhara.
Although a senior Avas Vikas official had earlier maintained that no residential apartments are coming under the category of encroachments, petitioner Sushil Raghav said that several houses are part of encroachments of the lake.
–By Prasoon Pant