Judgement of the National Green Tribunal regarding environment clearance granted for a group housing project near Vishwavidhyalaya Metro Station, New Delhi, 31/05/2022

  • 31/05/2022

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of University of Delhi Vs Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change & Others dated 31/05/2022.

An application was filed by the University of Delhi assailing Environmental Clearance dated May 21, 2021 issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) in favour of M/s. Young Builder Private Limited for construction of group housing project with built up area as 1,37,879.64 m2 at 1 , 3 Cavalry Lane and 4 Chhatra Marg, Near Vishwavidhyalaya Metro Station, New Delhi.

The judgment of the NGT passed by the bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and Sudhir Agarwal said that EC has been granted without proper evaluation and the project cannot be allowed without proper evaluation. "There will be unmanageable impact on traffic density and adverse impact on flora and fauna and groundwater regime of nearby pristine Ridge," the NGT, May 31, 2022 said.

The appeal filed by the University of Delhi was allowed by the court and the EC dated May 21, 2021 is quashed. Young Builder Private Limited is restricted from proceeding ahead with any construction activities "pursuant to EC in question".