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Activist moves NGT against encroachment on Yamuna floodplains

Concerned over the increasing encroachment on the Yamuna floodplains here, an environment activist on Thursday moved the National Green Tribunal against the operation of <g data-gr-id="15">concrete</g> plant by an engineering and construction company here.

The activist has alleged that the firm has violated the green panel’s order which had prohibited any kind of construction activity on the flood plains on the river.

The plea filed by Manoj Mishra of Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan has sought a stay and imposition of fine on the ongoing constructions on the floodplains that <g data-gr-id="16">has</g> taken place on the river bed in violation of the Tribunal’s January 13 judgment.

“Despite the clear direction of this tribunal barring any new constructions (temporary or permanent) in floodplain of Yamuna, the activities of leveling of the flood plain and operation of batching plants are going on opposite Mayur Vihar Phase I in the east bank and opposite Sarai Kale Khan in West Bank and, respectively, by private parties,” the plea, filed through advocate Rahul Choudhary, said. “On September 18, during the meeting held in the Chambers of the Chairman of the Principal Committee, set up to review the progress made by the DDA in <g data-gr-id="21">implementation</g> of the NGT orders, the matter was again brought to the attention of the chairman.

Mishra has said that he also noticed dumping of soil on the river bed along the alignment of the proposed phase III extension of the Barapula elevated road across the river from Ring Road to Mayur Vihar here.
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