Plea in NGT seeks stay on construction of Yamuna riverfront

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Plea in NGT seeks stay on construction of Yamuna riverfront
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New Delhi, Oct 9: Beautification and rejuvenation work of the Yamuna riverfront in the temple town of Vrindavan has come under the lens of the National Green Tribunal, with an environment activist seeking a stay on the ongoing construction activity in the area.

The Uttar Pradesh government, under the Vrindavan rejuvenation project, has proposed "expansion, renovation and beautification" work of three kilometre riverfront from Kesi ghat to downstream of river Yamuna.

The project which proposes expansion of Kesi ghat by 750 metres into the river floodplain, also involves a mechanism to clean tributaries entering the river and construct interceptor drains to counter overflow of sewer into the river.

Nature enthusiast Akash Vashishtha, who has moved the green panel in this regard, in his plea, claimed that reclamation of the eco-sensitive Yamuna floodplain is being carried out in gross violation of Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and the provisions of the EIA Notification of 2006.

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