Court reserves order on Commonwealth Games Village site

February 19th, 2008 - 8:15 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Tuesday reserved its order on the ongoing construction of the Commonwealth Games Village that has been challenged on the grounds that it could harm the ecological system of the Yamuna riverbed. A division bench headed by Justices A.K. Sikri and Rekha Sharma reserved the order after hearing the arguments from the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and environmentalists.

“We are giving one week’s time to all parties in the case to file their affidavits if they want to say anything else in the case,” said the bench.

However, counsel for the petitioner P.S. Parikh again stressed that the riverbed should be protected at any cost.

The court also last month proposed to the government to constitute a monitoring committee to oversee the ecological aspects of constructing the facility near the Yamuna River to house the players during the 2010 mega sports event.

The court’s proposal came soon after the government pleaded that the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) had recently given a green signal to the project.

The court’s intervention came after a petition by environmentalist Rajinder Singh was filed alleging the construction of the village on the Yamuna riverbed might harm the eco-system.

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