Centre fine with Maya's park in Noida
Posted on Aug 13, 2010 at 17:57 | Updated Aug 13, 2010 at 19:12

New Delhi: In a major U-turn the Central Government on Friday told the
Supreme Court that environmental clearance is not required for the
Ambedkar Memorial Park being developed by the Mayawati government in

The Centre had been asked to explain whether the Ambedkar Memorial
Park is a building project, construction project or an area
development project.

Earlier, the Centre had said it could not give environmental clearance
for construction of statues and memorials for Dalit leaders at the

The Uttar Pradesh government had subsequently agreed to reduce the
construction area to about 35 per cent of the park.

The Supreme Court had in October 2009 given a stay order to the
controversial park being constructed in Noida adjacent to a bird

In response to a PIL filed by environmentalists, the Supreme Court had
asked for construction to stop till a complete investigation was
undertaken on whether environment laws were flouted.

The construction site is merely 20 feet away from the Okhla Bird
Sanctuary, home to some of India's most endangered birds, and with the
noise and dust pollution, naturalists had expressed their concern over
the construction.

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