A National Green Tribunal (NGT) bench, headed by chairperson justice Swatanter Kumar, on July 12, 2017, issued notices to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Delhi government, East Delhi Municipal Corporation, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and others, on a plea filed by lawyer RR Ojha, seeking urgent directions to remove encroachments in Madhu Vihar Market in Patparganj and submit a compliance report. The bench asked the respondents to file their responses within two weeks and listed the matter for hearing on August 1, 2017.
“It is submitted that Madhu Vihar Market in Patparganj, IP Extension, was an unauthorised colony, which is now being regularised. The traffic congestion in this market is at an alarming situation. Vehicles are being parked on both the sides of the metalled road, in total violation of the orders of this tribunal. It is difficult even to move on foot as the footpaths are being encroached upon,” the plea, filed through advocates Sanjay Upadhyay and Upma Bhattacharjee, said.
A metalled road is surfaced with small broken stones, providing strong and long-lasting route for traffic. The plea referred to the NGT’s 2015 order, prohibiting parking of cars on tarred roads and directing the corporations to impose a fine of Rs 1,000 on violators as ‘compensation for degradation of environment’.
It also sought directions to the Central Pollution Control Board, to take ambient air quality samples in the area, recommend steps to ease the flow of traffic in the locality and formulate a long-term action plan, for regulating the encroachments.
The tribunal had also directed the traffic police to remove encroachments in congested markets like Lajpat Nagar and Karol Bagh, to ease the flow of vehicles in these areas.