Delhi University to expand Hindu College an Shaheed Sukhdev College

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Expansion of two DU colleges

New Delhi, Sept 11: The National Green Tribunal has revoked its stay on the expansion plans of Delhi University- affiliated Hindu College and construction of a new building for Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies.

The tribunal's order came after Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) informed the bench that both these projects do not fall within the area of industrial clusters, and the Environment Clearance (EC) has been granted strictly in accordance with the laws.

Dismissing the petition, a bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar held that the petitioner has failed to demonstrate that any environmental hazard is likely to result from these projects. During the hearing, the counsel for the Hindu College told the tribunal that they have set up sewage treatment plants and the entire wastewater from the existing college as well as the new block that is under construction would be recycled and the college would have zero discharge from the premises.

"Keeping in view the stand taken by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, as well as DPCC/State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA), we see no reason to interfere in the grant of EC and to carry off these projects by the project proponent... Resultantly, we find no merit in this application.. and the same are dismissed," the bench said.

The bench also directed that DPCC and SEIAA shall ensure that the conditions imposed in the orders of consent and the orders granting Environmental Clearance are strictly adhered to and the projects are not permitted to operate till the conditions are fully and entirely complied with.

PTI

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