GHAZIABAD: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had directed DM Ghaziabad to file a response over encroachment of land of Irrigation Department on Tikri Rajvaha Bhola Jhal (drain) joining Dasna drain in District Ghaziabad. The petitioner had filed a plea in NGT stating that private builders and a hospital have encroached upon the land. However, the DM later filed a status report saying that no such encroachments existed on the particular stretch of land despite the NGT asking him to take remedial action. The petitioner Ved Prakash Aggarwal, claiming to be a social worker, however was not satisfied and again approached the Tribunal stating that encroachments do exist and that the drain served important ecological functions. The NGT while admitting the plea directed the DM to give a report in one month stating the action taken.