Permission to construct permanent structures on Yamuna riverbed

on january 22, 2007, the Union ministry of environment and forests (moef) gave permission to construct permanent structures on the Yamuna riverbed for the Commonwealth Games 2010 but only after fulfilling a clause. The Delhi Development Authority (dda), looking after the project, will first have to ascertain the risk of flooding in upstream areas due to the new bund (embankment) constructed in 2000.

The earlier project proposal was assessed keeping just the old bund in mind, said moef. The new bund helps protect permanent structures in case of floods, thus, dda first needed to ascertain and implement mitigation measures against upstream flooding.

moef had cited 34 environmental considerations in response to an application for environment clearance by dda in December 2006. The clause that hampered the project was: "As far as possible the work should not be of a permanent nature.'

The Yamuna riverbed in Delhi covers an area of 9,700 hectares (ha) of which 1,600 ha is underwater and 8,100 ha is dry land. There have been repeated attempts to develop this sizeable real estate. The Akshardham temple, constructed in 2005 over an area of 23 ha, had attracted its share of controversy (see