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No unauthorised construction in Taj eco-sensitive zone: NGT to UP Government

Aug 11, 2015 14:14 IST

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on 10 August 2015 directed the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government to ensure that no unauthorised construction activities are permitted and no trees cut in the eco-sensitive zone near the Taj Mahal.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the state government to conduct physical demarcation of the forest area and the green belt within 500 meters of the Taj Trapezium Zone.

The green panel also directed that the demarcation activity shall be executed in the presence of representative from Forest Survey of India (FSI) and National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI).

The Tribunal's direction came after perusing an inspection report by advocate MC Mehta, who was appointed as local commissioner to probe into the alleged illegal felling and sale of four thousand trees in the eco-sensitive zone in Agra.

The inspection report also said that builders have started raising huge constructions in these areas and even on the bank of river Yamuna.

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