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					                                                                            2 February 2011
                                                                          YJA/CORRES/2/11

Sri Rakesh Mehta, IAS
Chief Secretary,
Govt. of NCT of Delhi,
Room No. 509, 5th Floor
Delhi Secretariat,
I.P. Estate, Delhi.

                 Sub: THANKING YOU in anticipation - REMINDER 40

In the name of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation;

Reminding that the state is bound by a fundamental duty cast on it by Article 48 A of the
nation's constitution "to protect and improve the environment and to safeguard the forest
and wildlife of the country;

Mandated by a fundamental duty bestowed by Article 51 A(g) of the nation's Constitution
on every citizen in the country “to protect and improve the natural environment including
forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife and to have compassion for living creatures";

Aware that the Hon'ble LG of Delhi has in 2007 declared a moratorium on any new
construction in the river bed / flood plain of river Yamuna in Delhi;

Aware of the directions to 'stop work' and 'vacate the river bed immediately', given to the
relevant authorities (see enclosed minutes) by the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC),
which is a creation of the nation's Parliament;

Aware that the CWG 2010 for which duration, the Hon'ble LG had permitted the DTC, a
temporary occupation of space in the river bed, not exceeding 5-6 acres, for bus parking is
long over;

Aware that the impugned sites namely of the DTC bus parking, the residential complex of
DMRC and the ongoing construction behind Akshardham are in the river bed/flood plain of
river Yamuna (see enclosed pictorial report);

Aware that all these constructions violate the land use as designated in the zonal plan for
Zone O (River Yamuna);

                                    We the following

Wish to 'Thank you' in advance for honoring the directions of the DUAC and for stopping
work and for vacating the river bed / flood plains of river Yamuna in the interest of the
river's ecology and the water security of the city's citizenry compromised by the
concretisation of the flood plains.

With wishes for an environmentally safe NEW YEAR 2011

Sincerely,

1. Samar Singh, former Civil Servant
2. Madhu Bhaduri, former Diplomat
3. Madhu Kishwar, Manushi Sangathan
4. Himanshu Thakkar, SANDRP
5. Pushp Jain, Nature and People
6. Sunil Goel, Advocate
7. Sudha Mohan, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
8. Bhim Rawat, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
9. Manoj Misra, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
10. Raman Khanna, Concerned citizen, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
11. Anand Arya, NOIDA, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
12. SK Misra, Former Chairman, INTACH
13. Ramaswamy R. Iyer, Former Secretary to GOI
14. Giridhar A Kinhal, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
15. Commodore (rtd) Lokesh Batra, RTI Activist
16. Navendu Lad, Electrical Engineer
17. Prabhakar Rao, Kalpvriksha
18. Ravi Agarwal, Toxics Link
19. Suhas Borker, Green Circle of Delhi
20. Harsh Vardhan, Jaipur
21. Anuradha Dutt, Journalist
22. Kanan Vihari Jaswal, Activist for Good Governance
23. Subijoy Dutta, Rivers of the World Foundation, USA
24. Sumit Dutta, ROWF, USA
25. Dick Lahn, ROWF, USA
26. D.K.Mital, ROWF
27. Swarup Bhattacharyya, SANDRP
28. Ashish Biswas, YUVA, Mumbai
29. Parineeta Dandekar, Indian Water Portal
30. Alka Tomar, CMS Environment
31. Bharti Chaturvedi, Chintan
32. Anudita Chauhan, concerned citizen
33. Sitaram Taigor, Gwalior
34. Ashwani Kumar Mishra, Agra
35. Ravi Singh, Agriculturist, Agra
36. Ramesh Agrawal, Jan Chetana, Raigarh
37. Sureswar Sinha, Paani Morcha
38. Sharmila Sinha, CSE
39. Kanchi Kohli, Kalpvriksha, Delhi
40. Seema Bhat, Independent Consultant, Delhi


CC:


Dr Man Mohan Singh, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India - For your kind information please.
river's ecology and the water security of the city's citizenry compromised by the
concretisation of the flood plains.

With wishes for an environmentally safe NEW YEAR 2011

Sincerely,

1. Samar Singh, former Civil Servant
2. Madhu Bhaduri, former Diplomat
3. Madhu Kishwar, Manushi Sangathan
4. Himanshu Thakkar, SANDRP
5. Pushp Jain, Nature and People
6. Sunil Goel, Advocate
7. Sudha Mohan, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
8. Bhim Rawat, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
9. Manoj Misra, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
10. Raman Khanna, Concerned citizen, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
11. Anand Arya, NOIDA, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
12. SK Misra, Former Chairman, INTACH
13. Ramaswamy R. Iyer, Former Secretary to GOI
14. Giridhar A Kinhal, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
15. Commodore (rtd) Lokesh Batra, RTI Activist
16. Navendu Lad, Electrical Engineer
17. Prabhakar Rao, Kalpvriksha
18. Ravi Agarwal, Toxics Link
19. Suhas Borker, Green Circle of Delhi
20. Harsh Vardhan, Jaipur
21. Anuradha Dutt, Journalist
22. Kanan Vihari Jaswal, Activist for Good Governance
23. Subijoy Dutta, Rivers of the World Foundation, USA
24. Sumit Dutta, ROWF, USA
25. Dick Lahn, ROWF, USA
26. D.K.Mital, ROWF
27. Swarup Bhattacharyya, SANDRP
28. Ashish Biswas, YUVA, Mumbai
29. Parineeta Dandekar, Indian Water Portal
30. Alka Tomar, CMS Environment
31. Bharti Chaturvedi, Chintan
32. Anudita Chauhan, concerned citizen
33. Sitaram Taigor, Gwalior
34. Ashwani Kumar Mishra, Agra
35. Ravi Singh, Agriculturist, Agra
36. Ramesh Agrawal, Jan Chetana, Raigarh
37. Sureswar Sinha, Paani Morcha
38. Sharmila Sinha, CSE
39. Kanchi Kohli, Kalpvriksha, Delhi
40. Seema Bhat, Independent Consultant, Delhi


CC:

Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson – UPA & Member of Parliament – For your kind information
please.
river's ecology and the water security of the city's citizenry compromised by the
concretisation of the flood plains.

With wishes for an environmentally safe NEW YEAR 2011

Sincerely,

1. Samar Singh, former Civil Servant
2. Madhu Bhaduri, former Diplomat
3. Madhu Kishwar, Manushi Sangathan
4. Himanshu Thakkar, SANDRP
5. Pushp Jain, Nature and People
6. Sunil Goel, Advocate
7. Sudha Mohan, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
8. Bhim Rawat, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
9. Manoj Misra, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
10. Raman Khanna, Concerned citizen, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
11. Anand Arya, NOIDA, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
12. SK Misra, Former Chairman, INTACH
13. Ramaswamy R. Iyer, Former Secretary to GOI
14. Giridhar A Kinhal, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
15. Commodore (rtd) Lokesh Batra, RTI Activist
16. Navendu Lad, Electrical Engineer
17. Prabhakar Rao, Kalpvriksha
18. Ravi Agarwal, Toxics Link
19. Suhas Borker, Green Circle of Delhi
20. Harsh Vardhan, Jaipur
21. Anuradha Dutt, Journalist
22. Kanan Vihari Jaswal, Activist for Good Governance
23. Subijoy Dutta, Rivers of the World Foundation, USA
24. Sumit Dutta, ROWF, USA
25. Dick Lahn, ROWF, USA
26. D.K.Mital, ROWF
27. Swarup Bhattacharyya, SANDRP
28. Ashish Biswas, YUVA, Mumbai
29. Parineeta Dandekar, Indian Water Portal
30. Alka Tomar, CMS Environment
31. Bharti Chaturvedi, Chintan
32. Anudita Chauhan, concerned citizen
33. Sitaram Taigor, Gwalior
34. Ashwani Kumar Mishra, Agra
35. Ravi Singh, Agriculturist, Agra
36. Ramesh Agrawal, Jan Chetana, Raigarh
37. Sureswar Sinha, Paani Morcha
38. Sharmila Sinha, CSE
39. Kanchi Kohli, Kalpvriksha, Delhi
40. Seema Bhat, Independent Consultant, Delhi


CC:

Sri Tejender Khanna, Hon'ble Lt Governor of Delhi – For your kind information please
river's ecology and the water security of the city's citizenry compromised by the
concretisation of the flood plains.

With wishes for an environmentally safe NEW YEAR 2011

Sincerely,

1. Samar Singh, former Civil Servant
2. Madhu Bhaduri, former Diplomat
3. Madhu Kishwar, Manushi Sangathan
4. Himanshu Thakkar, SANDRP
5. Pushp Jain, Nature and People
6. Sunil Goel, Advocate
7. Sudha Mohan, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
8. Bhim Rawat, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
9. Manoj Misra, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
10. Raman Khanna, Concerned citizen, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
11. Anand Arya, NOIDA, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
12. SK Misra, Former Chairman, INTACH
13. Ramaswamy R. Iyer, Former Secretary to GOI
14. Giridhar A Kinhal, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
15. Commodore (rtd) Lokesh Batra, RTI Activist
16. Navendu Lad, Electrical Engineer
17. Prabhakar Rao, Kalpvriksha
18. Ravi Agarwal, Toxics Link
19. Suhas Borker, Green Circle of Delhi
20. Harsh Vardhan, Jaipur
21. Anuradha Dutt, Journalist
22. Kanan Vihari Jaswal, Activist for Good Governance
23. Subijoy Dutta, Rivers of the World Foundation, USA
24. Sumit Dutta, ROWF, USA
25. Dick Lahn, ROWF, USA
26. D.K.Mital, ROWF
27. Swarup Bhattacharyya, SANDRP
28. Ashish Biswas, YUVA, Mumbai
29. Parineeta Dandekar, Indian Water Portal
30. Alka Tomar, CMS Environment
31. Bharti Chaturvedi, Chintan
32. Anudita Chauhan, concerned citizen
33. Sitaram Taigor, Gwalior
34. Ashwani Kumar Mishra, Agra
35. Ravi Singh, Agriculturist, Agra
36. Ramesh Agrawal, Jan Chetana, Raigarh
37. Sureswar Sinha, Paani Morcha
38. Sharmila Sinha, CSE
39. Kanchi Kohli, Kalpvriksha, Delhi
40. Seema Bhat, Independent Consultant, Delhi


CC:

Smt Sheila Dixit, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Delhi – For your kind information please
river's ecology and the water security of the city's citizenry compromised by the
concretisation of the flood plains.

With wishes for an environmentally safe NEW YEAR 2011

Sincerely,

1. Samar Singh, former Civil Servant
2. Madhu Bhaduri, former Diplomat
3. Madhu Kishwar, Manushi Sangathan
4. Himanshu Thakkar, SANDRP
5. Pushp Jain, Nature and People
6. Sunil Goel, Advocate
7. Sudha Mohan, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
8. Bhim Rawat, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
9. Manoj Misra, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
10. Raman Khanna, Concerned citizen, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
11. Anand Arya, NOIDA, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
12. SK Misra, Former Chairman, INTACH
13. Ramaswamy R. Iyer, Former Secretary to GOI
14. Giridhar A Kinhal, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
15. Commodore (rtd) Lokesh Batra, RTI Activist
16. Navendu Lad, Electrical Engineer
17. Prabhakar Rao, Kalpvriksha
18. Ravi Agarwal, Toxics Link
19. Suhas Borker, Green Circle of Delhi
20. Harsh Vardhan, Jaipur
21. Anuradha Dutt, Journalist
22. Kanan Vihari Jaswal, Activist for Good Governance
23. Subijoy Dutta, Rivers of the World Foundation, USA
24. Sumit Dutta, ROWF, USA
25. Dick Lahn, ROWF, USA
26. D.K.Mital, ROWF
27. Swarup Bhattacharyya, SANDRP
28. Ashish Biswas, YUVA, Mumbai
29. Parineeta Dandekar, Indian Water Portal
30. Alka Tomar, CMS Environment
31. Bharti Chaturvedi, Chintan
32. Anudita Chauhan, concerned citizen
33. Sitaram Taigor, Gwalior
34. Ashwani Kumar Mishra, Agra
35. Ravi Singh, Agriculturist, Agra
36. Ramesh Agrawal, Jan Chetana, Raigarh
37. Sureswar Sinha, Paani Morcha
38. Sharmila Sinha, CSE
39. Kanchi Kohli, Kalpvriksha, Delhi
40. Seema Bhat, Independent Consultant, Delhi


CC:

Sri Rahul Gandhi, General Secretary (Congress Working Committee) & Member of
Parliament – For your kind information please.
river's ecology and the water security of the city's citizenry compromised by the
concretisation of the flood plains.

With wishes for an environmentally safe NEW YEAR 2011

Sincerely,

1. Samar Singh, former Civil Servant
2. Madhu Bhaduri, former Diplomat
3. Madhu Kishwar, Manushi Sangathan
4. Himanshu Thakkar, SANDRP
5. Pushp Jain, Nature and People
6. Sunil Goel, Advocate
7. Sudha Mohan, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
8. Bhim Rawat, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
9. Manoj Misra, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
10. Raman Khanna, Concerned citizen, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
11. Anand Arya, NOIDA, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
12. SK Misra, Former Chairman, INTACH
13. Ramaswamy R. Iyer, Former Secretary to GOI
14. Giridhar A Kinhal, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
15. Commodore (rtd) Lokesh Batra, RTI Activist
16. Navendu Lad, Electrical Engineer
17. Prabhakar Rao, Kalpvriksha
18. Ravi Agarwal, Toxics Link
19. Suhas Borker, Green Circle of Delhi
20. Harsh Vardhan, Jaipur
21. Anuradha Dutt, Journalist
22. Kanan Vihari Jaswal, Activist for Good Governance
23. Subijoy Dutta, Rivers of the World Foundation, USA
24. Sumit Dutta, ROWF, USA
25. Dick Lahn, ROWF, USA
26. D.K.Mital, ROWF
27. Swarup Bhattacharyya, SANDRP
28. Ashish Biswas, YUVA, Mumbai
29. Parineeta Dandekar, Indian Water Portal
30. Alka Tomar, CMS Environment
31. Bharti Chaturvedi, Chintan
32. Anudita Chauhan, concerned citizen
33. Sitaram Taigor, Gwalior
34. Ashwani Kumar Mishra, Agra
35. Ravi Singh, Agriculturist, Agra
36. Ramesh Agrawal, Jan Chetana, Raigarh
37. Sureswar Sinha, Paani Morcha
38. Sharmila Sinha, CSE
39. Kanchi Kohli, Kalpvriksha, Delhi
40. Seema Bhat, Independent Consultant, Delhi


CC:

Sri Jairam Ramesh, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent     Charge),   Ministry of
Environment and Forests – For your kind information please.
river's ecology and the water security of the city's citizenry compromised by the
concretisation of the flood plains.

With wishes for an environmentally safe NEW YEAR 2011

Sincerely,

1. Samar Singh, former Civil Servant
2. Madhu Bhaduri, former Diplomat
3. Madhu Kishwar, Manushi Sangathan
4. Himanshu Thakkar, SANDRP
5. Pushp Jain, Nature and People
6. Sunil Goel, Advocate
7. Sudha Mohan, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
8. Bhim Rawat, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
9. Manoj Misra, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
10. Raman Khanna, Concerned citizen, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
11. Anand Arya, NOIDA, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
12. SK Misra, Former Chairman, INTACH
13. Ramaswamy R. Iyer, Former Secretary to GOI
14. Giridhar A Kinhal, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
15. Commodore (rtd) Lokesh Batra, RTI Activist
16. Navendu Lad, Electrical Engineer
17. Prabhakar Rao, Kalpvriksha
18. Ravi Agarwal, Toxics Link
19. Suhas Borker, Green Circle of Delhi
20. Harsh Vardhan, Jaipur
21. Anuradha Dutt, Journalist
22. Kanan Vihari Jaswal, Activist for Good Governance
23. Subijoy Dutta, Rivers of the World Foundation, USA
24. Sumit Dutta, ROWF, USA
25. Dick Lahn, ROWF, USA
26. D.K.Mital, ROWF
27. Swarup Bhattacharyya, SANDRP
28. Ashish Biswas, YUVA, Mumbai
29. Parineeta Dandekar, Indian Water Portal
30. Alka Tomar, CMS Environment
31. Bharti Chaturvedi, Chintan
32. Anudita Chauhan, concerned citizen
33. Sitaram Taigor, Gwalior
34. Ashwani Kumar Mishra, Agra
35. Ravi Singh, Agriculturist, Agra
36. Ramesh Agrawal, Jan Chetana, Raigarh
37. Sureswar Sinha, Paani Morcha
38. Sharmila Sinha, CSE
39. Kanchi Kohli, Kalpvriksha, Delhi
40. Seema Bhat, Independent Consultant, Delhi


CC:
Sri Nitin Gadkari, National President, Bharatiya Janata Party - For your kind information
please.
river's ecology and the water security of the city's citizenry compromised by the
concretisation of the flood plains.

With wishes for an environmentally safe NEW YEAR 2011

Sincerely,

1. Samar Singh, former Civil Servant
2. Madhu Bhaduri, former Diplomat
3. Madhu Kishwar, Manushi Sangathan
4. Himanshu Thakkar, SANDRP
5. Pushp Jain, Nature and People
6. Sunil Goel, Advocate
7. Sudha Mohan, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
8. Bhim Rawat, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
9. Manoj Misra, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
10. Raman Khanna, Concerned citizen, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
11. Anand Arya, NOIDA, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
12. SK Misra, Former Chairman, INTACH
13. Ramaswamy R. Iyer, Former Secretary to GOI
14. Giridhar A Kinhal, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
15. Commodore (rtd) Lokesh Batra, RTI Activist
16. Navendu Lad, Electrical Engineer
17. Prabhakar Rao, Kalpvriksha
18. Ravi Agarwal, Toxics Link
19. Suhas Borker, Green Circle of Delhi
20. Harsh Vardhan, Jaipur
21. Anuradha Dutt, Journalist
22. Kanan Vihari Jaswal, Activist for Good Governance
23. Subijoy Dutta, Rivers of the World Foundation, USA
24. Sumit Dutta, ROWF, USA
25. Dick Lahn, ROWF, USA
26. D.K.Mital, ROWF
27. Swarup Bhattacharyya, SANDRP
28. Ashish Biswas, YUVA, Mumbai
29. Parineeta Dandekar, Indian Water Portal
30. Alka Tomar, CMS Environment
31. Bharti Chaturvedi, Chintan
32. Anudita Chauhan, concerned citizen
33. Sitaram Taigor, Gwalior
34. Ashwani Kumar Mishra, Agra
35. Ravi Singh, Agriculturist, Agra
36. Ramesh Agrawal, Jan Chetana, Raigarh
37. Sureswar Sinha, Paani Morcha
38. Sharmila Sinha, CSE
39. Kanchi Kohli, Kalpvriksha, Delhi
40. Seema Bhat, Independent Consultant, Delhi


CC:

Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Leader of Opposition (Lok Sabha), MP - For your kind information
please.
river's ecology and the water security of the city's citizenry compromised by the
concretisation of the flood plains.

With wishes for an environmentally safe NEW YEAR 2011

Sincerely,

1. Samar Singh, former Civil Servant
2. Madhu Bhaduri, former Diplomat
3. Madhu Kishwar, Manushi Sangathan
4. Himanshu Thakkar, SANDRP
5. Pushp Jain, Nature and People
6. Sunil Goel, Advocate
7. Sudha Mohan, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
8. Bhim Rawat, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
9. Manoj Misra, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
10. Raman Khanna, Concerned citizen, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
11. Anand Arya, NOIDA, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
12. SK Misra, Former Chairman, INTACH
13. Ramaswamy R. Iyer, Former Secretary to GOI
14. Giridhar A Kinhal, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
15. Commodore (rtd) Lokesh Batra, RTI Activist
16. Navendu Lad, Electrical Engineer
17. Prabhakar Rao, Kalpvriksha
18. Ravi Agarwal, Toxics Link
19. Suhas Borker, Green Circle of Delhi
20. Harsh Vardhan, Jaipur
21. Anuradha Dutt, Journalist
22. Kanan Vihari Jaswal, Activist for Good Governance
23. Subijoy Dutta, Rivers of the World Foundation, USA
24. Sumit Dutta, ROWF, USA
25. Dick Lahn, ROWF, USA
26. D.K.Mital, ROWF
27. Swarup Bhattacharyya, SANDRP
28. Ashish Biswas, YUVA, Mumbai
29. Parineeta Dandekar, Indian Water Portal
30. Alka Tomar, CMS Environment
31. Bharti Chaturvedi, Chintan
32. Anudita Chauhan, concerned citizen
33. Sitaram Taigor, Gwalior
34. Ashwani Kumar Mishra, Agra
35. Ravi Singh, Agriculturist, Agra
36. Ramesh Agrawal, Jan Chetana, Raigarh
37. Sureswar Sinha, Paani Morcha
38. Sharmila Sinha, CSE
39. Kanchi Kohli, Kalpvriksha, Delhi
40. Seema Bhat, Independent Consultant, Delhi


CC:

Smt. Brinda Karat, MP, CPI(M) - For your kind information please.
river's ecology and the water security of the city's citizenry compromised by the
concretisation of the flood plains.

With wishes for an environmentally safe NEW YEAR 2011

Sincerely,

1. Samar Singh, former Civil Servant
2. Madhu Bhaduri, former Diplomat
3. Madhu Kishwar, Manushi Sangathan
4. Himanshu Thakkar, SANDRP
5. Pushp Jain, Nature and People
6. Sunil Goel, Advocate
7. Sudha Mohan, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
8. Bhim Rawat, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
9. Manoj Misra, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
10. Raman Khanna, Concerned citizen, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
11. Anand Arya, NOIDA, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
12. SK Misra, Former Chairman, INTACH
13. Ramaswamy R. Iyer, Former Secretary to GOI
14. Giridhar A Kinhal, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
15. Commodore (rtd) Lokesh Batra, RTI Activist
16. Navendu Lad, Electrical Engineer
17. Prabhakar Rao, Kalpvriksha
18. Ravi Agarwal, Toxics Link
19. Suhas Borker, Green Circle of Delhi
20. Harsh Vardhan, Jaipur
21. Anuradha Dutt, Journalist
22. Kanan Vihari Jaswal, Activist for Good Governance
23. Subijoy Dutta, Rivers of the World Foundation, USA
24. Sumit Dutta, ROWF, USA
25. Dick Lahn, ROWF, USA
26. D.K.Mital, ROWF
27. Swarup Bhattacharyya, SANDRP
28. Ashish Biswas, YUVA, Mumbai
29. Parineeta Dandekar, Indian Water Portal
30. Alka Tomar, CMS Environment
31. Bharti Chaturvedi, Chintan
32. Anudita Chauhan, concerned citizen
33. Sitaram Taigor, Gwalior
34. Ashwani Kumar Mishra, Agra
35. Ravi Singh, Agriculturist, Agra
36. Ramesh Agrawal, Jan Chetana, Raigarh
37. Sureswar Sinha, Paani Morcha
38. Sharmila Sinha, CSE
39. Kanchi Kohli, Kalpvriksha, Delhi
40. Seema Bhat, Independent Consultant, Delhi


CC:

Chairman, Delhi Urban Arts Commission, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110
003 – For your kind information please.
river's ecology and the water security of the city's citizenry compromised by the
concretisation of the flood plains.

With wishes for an environmentally safe NEW YEAR 2011

Sincerely,

1. Samar Singh, former Civil Servant
2. Madhu Bhaduri, former Diplomat
3. Madhu Kishwar, Manushi Sangathan
4. Himanshu Thakkar, SANDRP
5. Pushp Jain, Nature and People
6. Sunil Goel, Advocate
7. Sudha Mohan, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
8. Bhim Rawat, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
9. Manoj Misra, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
10. Raman Khanna, Concerned citizen, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
11. Anand Arya, NOIDA, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
12. SK Misra, Former Chairman, INTACH
13. Ramaswamy R. Iyer, Former Secretary to GOI
14. Giridhar A Kinhal, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
15. Commodore (rtd) Lokesh Batra, RTI Activist
16. Navendu Lad, Electrical Engineer
17. Prabhakar Rao, Kalpvriksha
18. Ravi Agarwal, Toxics Link
19. Suhas Borker, Green Circle of Delhi
20. Harsh Vardhan, Jaipur
21. Anuradha Dutt, Journalist
22. Kanan Vihari Jaswal, Activist for Good Governance
23. Subijoy Dutta, Rivers of the World Foundation, USA
24. Sumit Dutta, ROWF, USA
25. Dick Lahn, ROWF, USA
26. D.K.Mital, ROWF
27. Swarup Bhattacharyya, SANDRP
28. Ashish Biswas, YUVA, Mumbai
29. Parineeta Dandekar, Indian Water Portal
30. Alka Tomar, CMS Environment
31. Bharti Chaturvedi, Chintan
32. Anudita Chauhan, concerned citizen
33. Sitaram Taigor, Gwalior
34. Ashwani Kumar Mishra, Agra
35. Ravi Singh, Agriculturist, Agra
36. Ramesh Agrawal, Jan Chetana, Raigarh
37. Sureswar Sinha, Paani Morcha
38. Sharmila Sinha, CSE
39. Kanchi Kohli, Kalpvriksha, Delhi
40. Seema Bhat, Independent Consultant, Delhi


CC:

Chairman, Yamuna Standing Committee, Central Water Commission, Sewa Bhawan, R.K.
Puram, New Delhi – For your kind information please.
                                                                            2 February 2011
                                                                          YJA/CORRES/2/11

Vice Chairman
Delhi Development Authority
Vikas Sadan, B Block, 1st Floor
I.N.A.
New Delhi.


                 Sub: THANKING YOU in anticipation - REMINDER 40


In the name of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation;

Reminding that the state is bound by a fundamental duty cast on it by Article 48 A of the
nation's constitution "to protect and improve the environment and to safeguard the forest
and wildlife of the country;

Mandated by a fundamental duty bestowed by Article 51 A(g) of the nation's Constitution
on every citizen in the country “to protect and improve the natural environment including
forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife and to have compassion for living creatures";

Aware that the Hon'ble LG of Delhi has in 2007 declared a moratorium on any new
construction in the river bed / flood plain of river Yamuna in Delhi;

Aware of the directions to 'stop work' and 'vacate the river bed immediately', given to the
relevant authorities (see enclosed minutes) by the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC),
which is a creation of the nation's Parliament;

Aware that the CWG 2010 for which duration, the Hon'ble LG had permitted the DTC, a
temporary occupation of space in the river bed, not exceeding 5-6 acres, for bus parking is
long over;

Aware that the impugned sites namely of the DTC bus parking, the residential complex of
DMRC and the ongoing construction behind Akshardham are in the river bed/flood plain of
river Yamuna (see enclosed pictorial report);

Aware that all these constructions violate the land use as designated in the zonal plan for
Zone O (River Yamuna);

                                    We the following

Wish to 'Thank you' in advance for honoring the directions of the DUAC and for stopping
work and for vacating the river bed / flood plains of river Yamuna in the interest of the
river's ecology and the water security of the city's citizenry compromised by the
concretisation of the flood plains.

With wishes for an environmentally safe NEW YEAR 2011

Sincerely,

1. Samar Singh, former Civil Servant
2. Madhu Bhaduri, former Diplomat
3. Madhu Kishwar, Manushi Sangathan
4. Himanshu Thakkar, SANDRP
5. Pushp Jain, Nature and People
6. Sunil Goel, Advocate
7. Sudha Mohan, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
8. Bhim Rawat, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
9. Manoj Misra, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
10. Raman Khanna, Concerned citizen, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
11. Anand Arya, NOIDA, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
12. SK Misra, Former Chairman, INTACH
13. Ramaswamy R. Iyer, Former Secretary to GOI
14. Giridhar A Kinhal, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
15. Commodore (rtd) Lokesh Batra, RTI Activist
16. Navendu Lad, Electrical Engineer
17. Prabhakar Rao, Kalpvriksha
18. Ravi Agarwal, Toxics Link
19. Suhas Borker, Green Circle of Delhi
20. Harsh Vardhan, Jaipur
21. Anuradha Dutt, Journalist
22. Kanan Vihari Jaswal, Activist for Good Governance
23. Subijoy Dutta, Rivers of the World Foundation, USA
24. Sumit Dutta, ROWF, USA
25. Dick Lahn, ROWF, USA
26. D.K.Mital, ROWF
27. Swarup Bhattacharyya, SANDRP
28. Ashish Biswas, YUVA, Mumbai
29. Parineeta Dandekar, Indian Water Portal
30. Alka Tomar, CMS Environment
31. Bharti Chaturvedi, Chintan
32. Anudita Chauhan, concerned citizen
33. Sitaram Taigor, Gwalior
34. Ashwani Kumar Mishra, Agra
35. Ravi Singh, Agriculturist, Agra
36. Ramesh Agrawal, Jan Chetana, Raigarh
37. Sureswar Sinha, Paani Morcha
38. Sharmila Sinha, CSE
39. Kanchi Kohli, Kalpvriksha, Delhi
40. Seema Bhat, Independent Consultant, Delhi
                                                                            2 February 2011
                                                                          YJA/CORRES/2/11

Dr E. Sreedharan
Managing Director
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
Metro Bhawan
Fire Brigade Lane,
Barakhamba Road,
New Delhi – 110001


                 Sub: THANKING YOU in anticipation - REMINDER 40


In the name of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation;

Reminding that the state is bound by a fundamental duty cast on it by Article 48 A of the
nation's constitution "to protect and improve the environment and to safeguard the forest
and wildlife of the country;

Mandated by a fundamental duty bestowed by Article 51 A(g) of the nation's Constitution
on every citizen in the country “to protect and improve the natural environment including
forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife and to have compassion for living creatures";

Aware that the Hon'ble LG of Delhi has in 2007 declared a moratorium on any new
construction in the river bed / flood plain of river Yamuna in Delhi;

Aware of the directions to 'stop work' and 'vacate the river bed immediately', given to the
relevant authorities (see enclosed minutes) by the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC),
which is a creation of the nation's Parliament;

Aware that the CWG 2010 for which duration, the Hon'ble LG had permitted the DTC, a
temporary occupation of space in the river bed, not exceeding 5-6 acres, for bus parking is
long over;

Aware that the impugned sites namely of the DTC bus parking, the residential complex of
DMRC and the ongoing construction behind Akshardham are in the river bed/flood plain of
river Yamuna (see enclosed pictorial report);

Aware that all these constructions violate the land use as designated in the zonal plan for
Zone O (River Yamuna);

                                    We the following

Wish to 'Thank you' in advance for honoring the directions of the DUAC and for stopping
work and for vacating the river bed / flood plains of river Yamuna in the interest of the
river's ecology and the water security of the city's citizenry compromised by the
concretisation of the flood plains.

With wishes for an environmentally safe NEW YEAR 2011

Sincerely,

1. Samar Singh, former Civil Servant
2. Madhu Bhaduri, former Diplomat
3. Madhu Kishwar, Manushi Sangathan
4. Himanshu Thakkar, SANDRP
5. Pushp Jain, Nature and People
6. Sunil Goel, Advocate
7. Sudha Mohan, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
8. Bhim Rawat, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
9. Manoj Misra, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
10. Raman Khanna, Concerned citizen, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
11. Anand Arya, NOIDA, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
12. SK Misra, Former Chairman, INTACH
13. Ramaswamy R. Iyer, Former Secretary to GOI
14. Giridhar A Kinhal, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
15. Commodore (rtd) Lokesh Batra, RTI Activist
16. Navendu Lad, Electrical Engineer
17. Prabhakar Rao, Kalpvriksha
18. Ravi Agarwal, Toxics Link
19. Suhas Borker, Green Circle of Delhi
20. Harsh Vardhan, Jaipur
21. Anuradha Dutt, Journalist
22. Kanan Vihari Jaswal, Activist for Good Governance
23. Subijoy Dutta, Rivers of the World Foundation, USA
24. Sumit Dutta, ROWF, USA
25. Dick Lahn, ROWF, USA
26. D.K.Mital, ROWF
27. Swarup Bhattacharyya, SANDRP
28. Ashish Biswas, YUVA, Mumbai
29. Parineeta Dandekar, Indian Water Portal
30. Alka Tomar, CMS Environment
31. Bharti Chaturvedi, Chintan
32. Anudita Chauhan, concerned citizen
33. Sitaram Taigor, Gwalior
34. Ashwani Kumar Mishra, Agra
35. Ravi Singh, Agriculturist, Agra
36. Ramesh Agrawal, Jan Chetana, Raigarh
37. Sureswar Sinha, Paani Morcha
38. Sharmila Sinha, CSE
39. Kanchi Kohli, Kalpvriksha, Delhi
40. Seema Bhat, Independent Consultant, Delhi
                                                                            2 February 2011
                                                                          YJA/CORRES/2/11

Chairman-cum-Managing Director
Delhi Transport Corporation (Headquarters)
IP Estate
Delhi.

                 Sub: THANKING YOU in anticipation - REMINDER 40


In the name of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation;

Reminding that the state is bound by a fundamental duty cast on it by Article 48 A of the
nation's constitution "to protect and improve the environment and to safeguard the forest
and wildlife of the country;

Mandated by a fundamental duty bestowed by Article 51 A(g) of the nation's Constitution
on every citizen in the country “to protect and improve the natural environment including
forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife and to have compassion for living creatures";

Aware that the Hon'ble LG of Delhi has in 2007 declared a moratorium on any new
construction in the river bed / flood plain of river Yamuna in Delhi;

Aware of the directions to 'stop work' and 'vacate the river bed immediately', given to the
relevant authorities (see enclosed minutes) by the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC),
which is a creation of the nation's Parliament;

Aware that the CWG 2010 for which duration, the Hon'ble LG had permitted the DTC, a
temporary occupation of space in the river bed, not exceeding 5-6 acres, for bus parking is
long over;

Aware that the impugned sites namely of the DTC bus parking, the residential complex of
DMRC and the ongoing construction behind Akshardham are in the river bed/flood plain of
river Yamuna (see enclosed pictorial report);

Aware that all these constructions violate the land use as designated in the zonal plan for
Zone O (River Yamuna);

                                    We the following

Wish to 'Thank you' in advance for honoring the directions of the DUAC and for stopping
work and for vacating the river bed / flood plains of river Yamuna in the interest of the
river's ecology and the water security of the city's citizenry compromised by the
concretisation of the flood plains.

With wishes for an environmentally safe NEW YEAR 2011

Sincerely,

1. Samar Singh, former Civil Servant
2. Madhu Bhaduri, former Diplomat
3. Madhu Kishwar, Manushi Sangathan
4. Himanshu Thakkar, SANDRP
5. Pushp Jain, Nature and People
6. Sunil Goel, Advocate
7. Sudha Mohan, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
8. Bhim Rawat, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
9. Manoj Misra, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
10. Raman Khanna, Concerned citizen, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
11. Anand Arya, NOIDA, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
12. SK Misra, Former Chairman, INTACH
13. Ramaswamy R. Iyer, Former Secretary to GOI
14. Giridhar A Kinhal, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan
15. Commodore (rtd) Lokesh Batra, RTI Activist
16. Navendu Lad, Electrical Engineer
17. Prabhakar Rao, Kalpvriksha
18. Ravi Agarwal, Toxics Link
19. Suhas Borker, Green Circle of Delhi
20. Harsh Vardhan, Jaipur
21. Anuradha Dutt, Journalist
22. Kanan Vihari Jaswal, Activist for Good Governance
23. Subijoy Dutta, Rivers of the World Foundation, USA
24. Sumit Dutta, ROWF, USA
25. Dick Lahn, ROWF, USA
26. D.K.Mital, ROWF
27. Swarup Bhattacharyya, SANDRP
28. Ashish Biswas, YUVA, Mumbai
29. Parineeta Dandekar, Indian Water Portal
30. Alka Tomar, CMS Environment
31. Bharti Chaturvedi, Chintan
32. Anudita Chauhan, concerned citizen
33. Sitaram Taigor, Gwalior
34. Ashwani Kumar Mishra, Agra
35. Ravi Singh, Agriculturist, Agra
36. Ramesh Agrawal, Jan Chetana, Raigarh
37. Sureswar Sinha, Paani Morcha
38. Sharmila Sinha, CSE
39. Kanchi Kohli, Kalpvriksha, Delhi
40. Seema Bhat, Independent Consultant, Delhi
 Excerpts from 1269th Meeting of the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) dated
        10 November 2010 (http://duac.org/you_duac_meetings.html)

The Commission made the following observations:-

1. DTC depot opposite Indraprastha Park Ring road,

(a) The certain drawings of the DTC Depot submitted by the Executive Engineer (Bldg.)
    PWD were taken on record.
(b) The proposal has never been referred to the Commission for its approval though it is
    mandatory under the section-11 of the DUAC Act, and is therefore violation of the
    DUAC Act.
(c) The zonal plan of Zone-O does not permit any such facility area and the proposal
    violates the zonal plan provisions.
(d) Since it was built as a temporary facility for the Commonwealth Games, the Yamuna
    river bed should be restored to its original form and the existing structures and hard
    top road surfaces should be demolished and removed immediately.
(e)    All ongoing construction and use must be stopped immediately and the Secretary
    DUAC will write to the DDA immediately regarding this.

2.    DMRC staff quarters near Yamuna Bank metro station.

(a)    The two multi-storey building structures are at an advance stage of construction. As
      per the records of the Commission, the proposal was given conceptual approval by the
      Commission at its meeting held on December 19, 2007. The proposal has never been
      received through the local body for formal consideration of the Commission.
(b)   The zonal plan does not show any such site for housing.
(c)   As per the new zonal development plan of Zone-O (approved by the Ministry of Urban
      Development on March 8, 2010), the site in question has been shown for the
      transportation land use as : T2 terminal/depot MRTS.
(d)   As per the Ministry of Works and Housing circular no.H-11011/1/73/DD-IV B(Vol-II)
      dated March 5, 1977, operational construction-definition has been mentioned. In the
      'Explanation' it is clarified that New residential buildings are not deemed to be
      operational construction.
(e)   It is noted from the proposal submitted for conceptual approval of the Commission on
      November 15, 2007 that as per column 3.1 of the proforma of planning permission
      signed by DMRC and the consulting architect, for conceptual proposals the following
      has been indicated :
      " Clause 3.1         -    Land use
      Master plan 2021 - DMRC Operational Area
      Zonal Plan           - DMRC Operational Area
      Approved layout     - DMRC Operational Area
      plan
(f)   The information furnished to the Commission by the architect/proponents in the
      proforma of planning permission in respect of the land use of the site in 2007, as no
      such provision existed in the Master Plan. The representative of DDA present in the
      meeting stated that no such provisions was existing in Master plan in the year 2007.
      No zonal plan was published for this area in November 2007. Clearly, the Commission
      was mis-lead in this matter.
(g)   As is evident as per the definition of the operational construction, housing is excluded.
      In any case, the proposal of the staff quarters by DMRC should have been submitted to
      the Commission for formal approval through the concerned local body before taking up
      the construction work. Hence the commencement of construction is in violation of the
      DUAC Act.
(h)   The Commission decided to ask for the clarification about the proposal from DDA as
      well as DMRC regarding the construction of housing blocks.
(i)   The Commission decided that DMRC should stop further construction activity of the
      proposal.

3. The Facility area of the Commonwealth Games Village :

(a) The site was seen by the Commission during the visit in order to understand the
    activities in the area. It is observed that the temporary construction/areas were being
    demolished.
(b) The Commission also took note of the fact that the building plans proposal of
    Commonwealth Games Village housing was earlier approved by the Commission. The
    accommodation of the Commonwealth Games Village has been utilised for the games
    but the completion case has not been approved from the Commission so far.
(c) The Commission observed that as is mandatory as per the provisions of DUAC Act and
    bylaws no.7.6.2, the Games Village housing complex should not be occupied without
    prior approval of the completion by the Commission.
DTC BUS PARKING, DMRC AND UNIDENTIFIED CONSTRUCTION BEHIND
       AKSHARDHAM ALL IN THE RIVER BED / FLOOD PLAIN




           DTC Bus Parking and the flood waters. 11.9.2010.




   Yamuna Bank DMRC residential complex surrounded by flood waters.
                              23.9.10
    Despite stop work directions by the DUAC, construction by
                  DMRC continues. 19.12.2010




Construction in the river flood plain in progress behind Akshardham.
                              19.12.2010
          CHRONOLOGY OF THE MISADEVENTURE CALLED DTC BUS DEPOT
                            IN THE RIVER BED

22.8.2008 – Meeting chaired by Pr Commr (CWG) discussed 3 alternative sites for
temporary parking for CWG 2010. Two of the sites (II and III) fell in the river bed and one
(Site I) outside of it.

5.2.2009 – Meeting in which Advisor, VC, DDA suggested Site III as marked to be
considered for temporary allotment to DTC for parking purposes. It was observed that:

       1. Proposed site was covered by LG’s embargo dated 23.8.2007 on any new
          construction other than CWG Village being undertaken in the flood plain
       2. As per MPD 2021, the land use of site is ‘River & Water body’ and the zonal plan
          land use is ‘Green Use Zone’.
       3. The site falls in flood plain area and is eco-sensitive, hence even for temporary
          basis, the proposal required clearance from all concerned statutory agencies and
          concurrence of LG/Chairman, Yamuna River Development Authority, YRDA.

24.2.2009 – Hon’ble LG agreed for allotment with the following conditions:

       a) No permanent construction to be allowed at site.
       b) Soft parking will be developed only by compressing the earth or by providing
           perforated paver blocks.
       c) Land will remain with DDA/Govt. and will be licensed to Govt. of Delhi/DTC for
           temporary stabling of buses till one week after the Games are over.
       d) Temporary infrastructure to be provided as per requirements & needs to be
           dismantled soon after the games are over.
       e) No servicing of the vehicles shall be permitted at this location.

5.5.2009 – RTI response received from DTC informed:

       1. DTC requires land for idle parking for 300 buses during CWG-2010 in the vicinity
          of Games Village. DTC has no plan to set up any bus depot there.
       2. DTC is not acquiring any land rather it has requested DDA to provide land in the
          vicinity of Games Village for parking of buses for Commonwealth Games.
       3. DDA has forwarded sanction of Hon’ble LG for allotment of land on temporary
          basis with some conditions.
       4. As per mutual consent DDA has to develop this site and requisite statutory
          clearances, if any, are to be obtained by DDA.

13.5.2009 – Original site (SITE III) was changed and Principal Secretary to the Hon’ble LG
conveyed the approval of the Hon’ble LG for creating a temporary parking lot for buses
meant for athletes and sports officials residing at the Games Village adjacent to the village
itself. DDA is to develop this temporary parking lot in five to six acres of land adjacent to
the village purely on a temporary basis to be used during the CWG-2010 only.

22 and 24th June 2009 – Mail from YJA to Hon’ble LG of Delhi.
1.7.2009 – Letter from OSD to the LG stating:

       “Considering the security threat perception prevailing in the region and security
       arrangement for the athletes during the CWG-2010, temporary parking for about
       300 buses near Games Village has been permitted by the Hon’ble LG, Delhi. This
       parking lot is to be used during the CWG 2010 only for 2-3 weeks.

       It is assured that this will purely be a temporary arrangement and there is no
       question of any concretisation of the river bed on this account. Further, there is no
       proposal by DTC for any other Bus Depot in the Yamuna river bed. Hon’ble LG Delhi
       himself is extremely sympathetic towards the Yamuna river bed and would never
       allow anything which would adversely affect the eco-system of the Yamuna.”

20.11.2009 – IPGCL (Indraprastha Power Generation Corporation Limited) the occupier of
the said land in the river bed, handed over temporary occupation of the land to the DTC
with a specific note as under:

       “NOTE: The transfer of land is purely on temporary basis & vacant possession of
       same shall be given back to IPGCL after CWG 2010.”

23.4.2010 – YJA e mail to Hon’ble LG, Delhi. We specifically asked in the letter if the new
site (opposite the IP Park) has any changed terms and conditions to be observed by the
DTC?

5.5.2010 – Letter from OSD to LG to YJA with copies marked to VC, DDA; Secretary,
Transport, GNCTD and CMD, DTC saying:

       “It is to confirm that the bus parking facility opposite the I.P. Park will be a
       temporary arrangement for the DTC for the duration of the CWG-2010 and there is
       no plan for any permanent structures. The structures are supposed to be completely
       removed post games.”

16.10.2010 – Letter from YJA to the Hon’ble PM (YJA - Why are the state agencies hell
bent on encroaching on the river bed/flood plains? - Request for urgent action)

25.10.2010 – Letter from YJA to the Hon’ble LG (YJA – Please donot let our fears come
true – DDA must act)

1.11.2010 – Letter from YJA to the Hon’ble LG (YJA – CWG 2010 and the DTC temporary
parking in the river bed – regarding)

7.11.2010 – Letter from YJA to the Hon’ble LG (YJA – DTC’s shameless and blatant
usurpation of the river bed in utter disregard of your directions…)

8.11.2010 – Letter from YJA to Sri Rakesh Mehta, CS Delhi (YJA – Please instruct the DTC
to vacate the river bed / flood plain of river Yamuna in Delhi)

10.11.2010 – RTI response from DDA. As per record available ‘No such allotment was
made to DTC’ by this branch. Is DDA not aware of the bus depot in the river bed?
11.11.2010 – Letter from YJA to Hon’ble LG and Hon’ble CM, Delhi

17.11.2010 – Letter from YJA to Hon’ble LG, Delhi

21.11.2010 – Letter from YJA to Smt Sonia Gandhi (YJA – Do we want such a legacy from
the CWG 2010?)

22 and 23.11.2010 – Letter/s from YJA to Sri Rakesh Mehta, CS, Delhi

29.11.2010 – Letter from YJA to the Hon’ble President of India (YJA – Illegal bus depot on
the river bed)

30.11.2010 – DUAC minutes of its 1269th meeting directs the DTC to dismantle and vacate
the river bed.

30.11.2010 – PRESS RELEASE by YJA welcoming the findings of the DUAC, which is a
statutory body created by the Parliament of India for a planned development of the capital
city of the country.

NOTABLES

   a) The site in question lies in Zone O (River Yamuna) under MPD 2021
   b) The designated land use for the site as per the approved zonal plan is ‘green’.
   c) The site lies within 300 m of the river, identified for removal of all structures by the
      Hon’ble High Court in 2005. Large number of JJ removed by the HC designated Usha
      Mehra Committee from the river bed, some close to the site in question.
   d) The site is covered by the Hon’ble LG’s embargo on any new construction
   e) The site is meant to be returned by the DTC to the IPGCL
   f) The DUAC has after site inspection of the site on 3.11.2010 formally directed vide
      minutes dated 10.11.2010 the DTC to demolish all its structures and hard top road
      surface with immediate effect and to restore the river bed/flood plain to its original
      form.
   g) The proposal has never been assessed either by the Yamuna Standing Committee
      (YSC); the DUAC; the Yamuna River Development Authority; the MOEF;
   h) The DTC’s occupation of the river bed is unauthorised, illegal, bad in intent and
      violative of all statutory requirements.

PONDERABLES

   a) How parking for 300 buses got converted into that for 1000 buses.
   b) How DTC converted 5-6 acres (which was permitted on temporary basis) in the river
      bed into 61 acres?
   c) Who authorised the DTC to invest Rs 60 crores of public money when it well knew
      from the very beginning that the facility was temporary on all counts and was meant
      to be vacated post games?
   d) Is DTC’s need for bus parking space in the city enough to justify violation of all
      norms and terms and conditions for the creation of a bus parking in the river bed?
e) How is it that the DDA, the principal land owning agency in the river bed is not even
   aware of the existence of the bus depot there?
f) What kind of a ‘river front’ would a bus depot provide along a river in a city where
   making the river accessible to the city dwellers is seen to be paramount?
g) How were JJ dwellings more polluting and hence dispensable than a bus depot in the
   river bed that almost 10,000 of them were removed (sic) by the HC created Justice
   Usha Mehra Committee in just 6 months in 2006?
h) What prevents the DTC to shift to SITE I as already identified by it in its original
   application?
i) DTC also deserves to be hauled up and disciplined by the LG to have exceeded his
   approval for temporary occupation of 5-6 acres into occupation of 61 acres and
   expenditure of Rs 60 crores.
j) There is now a motivated move to pit the whole issue as a clean air vs clean river.
   But is there any such trade off logical or reasonable? The state is legally and morally
   bound to provide a clean air AND clean river in the city.
k) Should the state’s greed, ill intent, total disregard of the law of the land and
   available alternatives be allowed to be condoned in form of a shameless and illegal
   fait accompli in the river bed?
l) Let us also not forget what Gandhi ji said. “Right means are as important as the
   desired end”.

				
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