New Delhi: The special forest bench of Supreme Court on Friday asked the Uttar Pradesh Government to stop all construction and building activities in the upcoming Noida Park till the next hearing of the case on 26 October. The Uttar Pradesh Government is constructing a memorial park in Noida where it is installing statues of dalit icons including that of chief minister Mayawati.
However the special forest bench allowed the Uttar Pradesh government to carry on other activities like plantation and maintenance, which did not relate to the construction and building activity.
Earlier the central empowered committee (CEC) appointed by the Supreme Court had recommended that the U.P. be told to stop all construction work at the park till environmental clearance is sought from the Ministry of Environment and Forests or MoEF.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for U.P. government argued that as the project had less than 20,000 sq metres of built-up area, it did not require environmental clearance as per the 2006 MoEF notification.Rohtagi urged the court not to halt the construction as 75% of the work had been completed at the park.
It was alleged by the environmentalists that nearly 6000 trees were chopped down for the project and expressed serious concern that close proximity of the construction site to the eco-sensitive Okhla Bird Sanctuary would have an adverse ecological impact on the bird sanctuary.
Earlier the apex court on 6 October had initiated contempt of court proceedings against the chief secretary of U.P. government for violating the Supreme Court order to stop all construction work at the dalit memorials in Lucknow.