The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on August 5th, 2018 has directed the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) to look into the alleged cutting of 100 trees in a park at the Tyagraj Nagar market for the purpose of constructing the second phase of the Barapullah elevated corridor.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel was hearing a petition filed by Tyagraj Nagar Market (Prem Nagar) alleging that due to the construction of the ramp of the Barapullah elevated corridor-II, the park in the Tyagraj Nagar market was damaged.
"The allegations will require to be looked into and action taken as per law. We direct that the matter be looked into by CPWD and PWD, Delhi. They may look into the alleged violations of the Forest Act on account of cutting of trees and the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 on account of destroying the park and take action within one month," the bench, also comprising Justice Jawad Rahim, said.
The tribunal directing the authorities to look into the allegations and take action as per law, has made it clear that in case of non-compliance of the order, coercive measures as provided under the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010 may have to be taken, including imposition of cost and direction of prosecution of the persons responsible.
The second phase of the Barapullah elevated corridor between Sarai Kale Khan and INA Market at Aurobindo Marg was inaugurated by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on July 28.