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HC lifts stay on construction at Delhi’s Nauroji Nagar redevelopment project

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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday lifted the stay on the construction at Nauroji Nagar redevelopment project in the national capital, where a world trade centre is scheduled to come up.

A bench comprising Justices G S Sistani and Jyoti Singh vacated the stay while disposing of a petition challenging the environment clearance granted to the project, claiming a large number of trees had to be cut.

The court said if authorities avail no objection certificates (NOCs) from the respective departments and take care of water issues and traffic congestion, then there should be no impediment in moving ahead with the redevelopment project at Nauroji Nagar in South Delhi.

“There is no violation of the Delhi Preservation of Trees Act and there is adequate compensatory plantation in lieu of felling of trees at Nauroji Nagar,” the bench said.

The stay order of August 30, 2018 restraining National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) from any further construction at Nauroji Nagar is vacated, it added.

A commercial hub, including a world trade centre, has been planned at the site.

Kaushal Kant Mishra, the petitioner, had alleged that there was complete “non-application” of mind by government agencies in granting environment clearance to the redevelopment project, as it failed to consider the impact of traffic and other environmental concerns.

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