Construct biodiversity park near Yamuna with Art of Living compensation: NGT orders DDA

In April, an NGT bench had asked the DDA to inspect the floodplains near Okhla in Delhi and submit a report. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 07, 2017, 10.19 AM (IST)

The National Green Tribunal(NGT) ordered the Delhi Development Authority(DDA) to construct biodiversity park near Yamuna with the compensatory amount of Rs 5 crores deposited by AoL(Art of Living) for "causing damage to Yamuna floodplains" in Delhi in 2016. 

The green tribunal said further amount would be recovered from AoL if 5 crores fell short.

The NGT slammed the DDA for failing to protect the city's floodplains.

The NGT said the DDA did not impose penalty to protest Delhi's floodplains.

The tribunal had earlier asked the Delhi housing body to assess the damage caused to floodplains and complete the restoration cost in line with expert panel's recommendations. 

In April, an NGT bench had asked the DDA to inspect the floodplains near Okhla in Delhi and submit a report.

The bench had said it had noticed "massive, unauthorised and illegal constructions" on the Yamuna floodplains.

In July, the NGT had asked the DDA to submit an action plan to restore the Yamuna floodplains following the festival by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Art of Living foundation.