Ganga Expressway’s construction on lines of GFCA’s recommendation

May 30th, 2009 - 4:25 pm ICT by ANI  

Lucknow, May 30 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday said the Ganga Expressway would be constructed according to the recommendations of the Ganga Flood Control Authority (GFCA).

An official spokesperson in a statement said the government is yet to receive a copy of the order issued by the Allahabad High Court.

Emphasising that the environmental security is one of the top priorities of the state government, the spokesperson said that at the time when a no objection certificate was issued by the State Level Environment Impact Assessment Committee, Ganga River Basin Authority was not constituted.

So, there was no question of obtaining an NOC from the GRBA,” the statement said.

The Allahabad High Court on Friday restrained the state government from proceeding on the Ganga Expressway project and directed the concerned authorities to obtain prior clearance from environmental board.

A bench comprising Justice Ashok Bhusan and Justice Arun Tandon passed this order on the petition filed by two voluntary organisations, which questioned the environmental feasibility of the project.

The Court has stayed further work on over 1000 kilometres long project that would connect the eastern and western boundaries of Uttar Pradesh because of environmental concerns. (ANI)

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