The CSE news report on proposal of Noida Development Authority to construct multi storey buildings on a site that is part of the Yamuna flood plain and is defined as agricultural land. It is feared that, this will reduce groundwater recharge & also disturb biodiversity of the Okhla bird sanctuary.

Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy has come to the rescue of NGOs in the capital, who were being sealed out by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. The minister asked the NGOs to suggest some norms and criteria that can provide the basis for regularisation of NGO activity in residential and mixed-land use areas. Following the meeting with the minister last week, the NGOs have submitted a note to the ministry. At least 12 NGOs in the South Delhi district have been sealed so far. These include the Wildlife Trust of India and SOS Villages of India.