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Explain how wetland in Dadri shrank: NGT to UP

 

 

27th November, 2014,  Times Of India (Noida)

 

NEW DELHI/GREATER NOIDA: In a hearing on the issue of a shrinking Dadri wetland, the case on which opened in 2012, the National Green Tribunal on Wednesday ordered the state government to explain how the width of the wetland shrank from its original size.

 

The green court also asked officers of the Ghaziabad and Bulandshahr development boards and UP forest and environment departments to be present at the next hearing on Friday.

 

The UP government has been asked to videograph the area to identify the extent to which the wetland has shrunk. Applicants Vikrant Tongad and Akash Vashist claim it has shrunk from 72 hectares to 32.7 hectares since 2009.

 

The Dadri wetland is host to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Tongad, though, said its significance lay in it being a lowland. "Preservation of lowlands like Dadri is crucial. They serve as flood zones during heavy rains, which can help avert mishaps," Tongad said.