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National Green Tribunal wants clarification of policy on floodplains (Dec.)

 

The Times of India, New Delhi, Tuesday 3rd December 2013,

The National Green Tribunal on Monday directed the Union environment ministry to clarify its status on implementing the River Regulation Zone policy so that rampant encroachment activities over floodplain areas are prohibited. The principal bench of the tribunal directed the ministry while hearing a case related to unauthorized constructions on Yamuna and Hindon floodplains in UP-NCR.

The bench issued the order after it was informed that a draft report on river regulation, which has been prepared by an expert group, is in the final stages of approval by the Union environment ministry. The ministry has been given till January 10 to present the report to the tribunal. During the proceedings of the case held earlier, the tribunal had directed the states of UP, Delhi and Haryana to clarify their stand on delineation of floodplain areas within their jurisdiction.

While UP irrigation department and Noida Authority submitted to the tribunal on Monday that their reports on floodplains have been finalized and would be submitted within a short period, Haryana was directed to submit its report before the next date of hearing scheduled on January 10.