The National Green Tribunal (NGT) criticised the Uttar Pradesh government for failing to designate eco-sensitive zones (ESZ) around the Okhla Bird Sanctuary, in spite of being given time to do so.

A bench headed by Justice P Jyothimani directed UP government to send a proposal on ESZ around the sanctuary to the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF), by January 3, 2014, the next date of hearing.