Delhi: Green nod to commercial tower above Bhikaji Cama Metro Station – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: A joint committee, comprising experts from Central Pollution Control Board, IIT-Delhi and Delhi Pollution Control Committee, has found that the proposed project for constructing a commercial tower with four floors at Bhikaji Cama Place by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation “seems reasonable and viable on environmental accounts.” The panel had conducted an environment impact assessment (EIA) and carrying capacity studies.

National Green Tribunal in August last year had said that EIA and carrying capacity studies should be conducted before the construction begins above Bhikaji Cama Place Metro Station. The proposed project is a commercial tower having four floors above ground floor with a total built-up area to the tune of 18,436 square metres.

The joint committee, which recently submitted its report on the project to NGT, said as the proposed project is a commercial complex only having visitors or employees, it is not expected to result in an increase in the population of the area. The report (a copy is with TOI) said the impact of air pollution generated at the project site on the nearby residential colonies and on the traffic pattern of the area would be marginal. The committee in its report observed that figures on water demand would exert marginal increase on the existing water supply system of the area.

A plea filed in the green tribunal had opposed the project and alleged that “the proposed construction of a commercial complex above the underground Bhikaji Cama Place Metro Station by the DMRC was designated as district park/green belt as per the Delhi Master Plan, 2021. In 2012, some open land (district park) was transferred to the DMRC, which was to be redeveloped after completion of the construction work. Construction work has been completed but instead of redeveloping the park, the DMRC has proposed to develop it as commercial complex against the environment norms and public trust doctrine requiring the park to be maintained as such.”

However, DMRC had responded saying that the land allotted was subject to land-use change for which an application had been moved to Delhi Development Authority. The report said the approval from DDA for land use change was yet to be received. The report shows that clearances and NOCs from other agencies for layout plan, sewerage, water supply, etc, are awaited.

In its report, the committee recommended that the project proponent must ensure that all necessary permission or approvals are obtained and valid. “An undertaking may be submitted that no groundwater will be extracted during the construction phase. Before dewatering (if needed) during construction, NOC may also be obtained from the District Advisory Committee on Ground Water. During construction and occupancy phase of the project, all environmental norms and proposed mitigation measures should be strictly adhered to by the project proponent,” recommended the committee.

The committee said in the report that the recommendations would be withdrawn or cancelled automatically in case size of the project was enhanced or proposed mitigation measures were not implemented.



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East Delhi civic body gets green approval for raising capacity of C&D waste plant – ET RealEstate

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NEW DELHI: To speed up the process of recycling construction and demolition (C&D) waste, East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has obtained a permission from Delhi Pollution Control Committee increase the capacity of its plant in Shastri Park.

The plant, inaugurated in 2016, can now daily process and recycle up to 1,000 tonnes of waste in comparison to 500 tonnes earlier. Though EDMC has started dumping 700 tonne C&D waste at the plant every day, it is waiting for the concessionaire operating the plant to augment its capacity.

The permission was granted in March, but the process got delayed due to Covid-19 and some financial issues within the company, said a civic official. “We are expecting that the company will start making by-products in large quantities from December,” he added.

Since 2016, EDMC claimed to have dumped at least eight lakh tonne waste, collected from 54 spots, at the 2.5-acre plant. “Of this, at least 1.7 lakh tonne was recycled to make by-products such as bricks and were supplied to construction sites of various government departments. The rest was also processed and utilised for other purposes,” the official said. Around 1 lakh tonne C&D waste is now lying at the plant and EDMC expects to clear all waste in one year after augmenting the capacity.

“Once the backlog is cleared, we will get enough space to stock by-products such as tiles. There is a plan to operate the plant in double shifts,” the official added. Due to lack of space for processing plants, the capital can process only 3,150 tonnes of the 6,500 tonne C&D waste produced every day.



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