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AAP demands ouster of L-G and heads of three bodies for ‘lying’ before court

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday demanded the resignation of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal along with heads of DDA, EDMC and CPCB, alleging that official bodies had lied in court on allotment of two landfill sites in the Capital.

Addressing a press conference, senior AAP leader Dilip Pandey said an advocate of DDA headed by the L-G had said in a court that they had “permission” of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for the allotment of land at Sonia Vihar and Ghonda Gujran area for the waste disposal.

“However,” Pandey said, “in a reply to a letter of Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain regarding the chosen landfill sites, the Central Government has clearly said that identified land is a flood-affected area.”

Pandey said the people of Karawal Nagar and Ghonda areas had written a letter to Delhi Environment Minister that the land allotted for the disposal of garbage in the area should be stopped.

Taking cognisance of the letter, Hussain had written a letter to the Union Environment Minister and the reply received from the Central Environment Ministry exposed the BJP lie completely, he claimed.

Pandey said that Hussain, who also heads Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), had said in a letter that the sites for the landfills were in Yamuna flood plains.

“L-G, CPCB head, EDMC head should apologise to the citizens of Delhi for lying to them… and they should resign from their posts,” Pandey said. “The Delhi government is against any construction including landfill in flood plains.”

Earlier this week, AAP had filed a petition in the National Green Tribunal (NGT) seeking cancellation of the allotment of landfills.

Last week, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had given in principle approval for allotment of land for two landfill sites in Sonia Vihar and Ghonda Gujran in the city.