Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has failed to demolish an illegal police station despite National Green Tribunal’s directive to do so.
The now-vacated police station stands on a sewer-water drain that used to carry waste from Ashok Nagar to Shahdara drain. The drain, however, had been choked as one of the pillars of the police station had been constructed right in the middle of it. To get rid of the blockage, Public Works Department (PWD) rerouted the sewage and connected it to a stormwater drain passing through Vasundhara Enclave. This, in turn, caused the stormwater drain to get choked, with the waste water flowing back and into the taps of Vasundhara Enclave societies.
Residents of the area had lodged a complaint with NGT soon after, to which the tribunal had, on September 2016, given a directive to demolish the police station within two months to allow sewage to take its original route.
BS Rawat, one of the Vasundhara Enclave residents who had escalated the matter to NGT, said, “Instead of coming up with a solution for the choked drain because of the police station, the government chose to connect it with the stormwater drain running along the periphery of societies in Vasundhara Enclave. If the problem is not addressed by the time the monsoons set in, it will definitely be a nightmare for residents of all six societies here.”
JP Sharma, general secretary, federation of Vasundhara Enclave CGHS, said, “If the building is not demolished and the stormwater drain not disconnected from the sewer drain by the end of this month, we will be left with no option but to approach NGT again.”