Assembly panel to discuss redevelopment plans

After visiting the sites last week, the Delhi Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was scheduled to hold a meeting on Tuesday with government officers to discuss the ongoing redevelopment projects of Centre residential colonies, sources said on Monday.

Redevelopment projects

The nine-member committee, chaired by Aam Aadmi Party MLA Sanjeev Jha, had visited the sites of three redevelopment projects on June 29. In all, the Centre is in the process of redeveloping seven colonies.

The officers of the government departments concerned were likely to attend the meeting on Tuesday, said committee members.

The PAC, in its report, could recommend the revocation of the approval to cut trees given by the Delhi Environment and Forest Department, said a committee member.

The department has already given approval to cut thousands of trees, but the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry last week said it would rework the design in order to save trees.

The committee member added that the fines could be imposed on the agencies involved for violating conditions of the permissions granted for the projects. During its visit to Nauroji Nagar, Netaji Nagar and Kidwai Nagar last week, the PAC found several irregularities.

NGT order

In violation of an NGT order, compensatory plantation had not been carried out despite 1,302 trees being felled at Nauroji Nagar, the committee’s interim report found.

For Kidwai Nagar, though around 1,600 trees had been felled, NBCC (India) Limited, the agency responsible, had planted 3,195 plants out of the 8,165 required, the committee found.

In Netaji Nagar, the committee had found that 224 trees had been felled. But, on the other hand, the compensatory plantation had not been done.

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