Wednesday, March 14, 2018


NEW DELHI: Terming the affidavits filed by the Delhi Development Authority as ‘weak for planned development in the city’, Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs) have urged the monitoring committee to study them properly and raise their concerns in the Supreme Court.
In a joint statement released by a group of RWAs running the ‘save our city’ campaign, residents raised doubts over the scientific analysis and study being conducted by the authority over the impact of the amendments on quality of life and environment.
“In its justification, DDA said it has gone for the vertical growth in tandem with international practices. But vertical growth depends on various geographical factors such as the seismic zone of a city, its proximity to sea for free flow of air and availability of water,” said Rajiv Kakria, member of Greater Kailash I RWA.
“Besides, arrangements for sewer disposal, power supply and parking to cater to the increasing commercial growth also need due attention. I don’t think these factors have been considered at all,” he said.
On Monday, DDA had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court regarding the proposed amendments to the Delhi Master Plan -2021 in order to provide relief to traders from the sealing drive.
“The DDA in its affidavit said its Act does not mandate environment impact assessment for modifying the master plan. This kind of response is unacceptable from any land owing agency. It doesn’t instil the confidence that DDA is capable of doing its job,” said Anil Sood, president of Chetna, an NGO.
The RWAs said the DDA should modify its Act and only after that they should go for any change in the master plan.
“The authority (DDA) must remember that Delhi has become the most polluted city and everything to be done in this city must be regulated by the environmental norms,” said BS Vohra, president, a federation of East Delhi RWAs.

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