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An independent committee appointed by NGT or National Green Tribunal has given the green flag for the construction of a group housing project of 39-story next to Vishwavidyalaya Metro station. However, DU officials stated that the Delhi University will leave no stone unturned to reverse this construction order as this project is an attack on Delhi University’s heritage, culture, and value.

The formulated committee in its rapid indicative environment assessment report said that the said project would lead to a substantial increase in the population density of the ward it falls in and it is not likely to cause a substantial impact on air pollution or groundwater table.

However, all the environmental parameters monitored no significant impact on the environment, including wastewater generation, air pollution, traffic congestion, solid waste management, earthquake resistance, groundwater table, and overall compliance.

Since the order passed on 10th February by NGT, six meetings had been held by the committee till 1st December. A site visit was carried out by all the parties on August 17th to verify the submissions.

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Project is an attack on Delhi University’s culture and heritage

However, the University of Delhi on Sunday hit back on the report. Delhi University Deputy Dean (works), Bipin Tiwari said that the University will leave no stone unturned to reverse this construction order as this project is an attack on Delhi University’s heritage, culture, and value. The matter of this construction project is sub-judice. He stated that no study on traffic and congestion could have been done as things were mostly closed for the past nine months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Moreover, the University of Delhi is a stakeholder but the University was not consulted while preparing the report.

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Tiwari questioned that how can the formulated committee come out with a report while the said matter is still pending in court? He added that this is illegal as the reports have to be submitted in the court before. Bipin Tiwari asserted that the next hearing is to be held on 13th January.

In the last few years, the density of the population has significantly risen, but there has been no modification or development in sewerage and the roads have also been not widened.

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