Delhi HC Directs Central Govt To Display Environmental Cost Of Project At Construction Sites


The Delhi High Court has recently directed the central government that the environmental cost, the number of trees being felled for the project and the location of the compensatory plantation should be indicated at the construction site. While disposing of the petition Justice Subramonium Prasad stated that an officer not less than the rank of Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Urban Development should be made responsible for ensuring that this order is complied with.
Furthermore, the high court directed that the information would also contain the name of the civic agency that is carrying out the construction. Advocate Aditya N Prasad moved a petition seeking direction for the implementation of the Order of August 5, 2011, passed by the Central Information Commission directing all civic agencies carrying out any construction work shall also display along with the monetary costs and details of the project, the environmental cost, indicating the number of trees being felled and the location of the compensatory plantation.
The petitioner also stated that a similar order was also passed by the Coordinate Bench of the court on May 25, 2015. GNCTD council stated that, the State is complying with the orders in right earnest. The petitioner disputed this fact and submitted that unless the responsibility is not fixed on an officer, the orders of the CIC will not be complied with.
Counsel for the GNCTD stated that the tree officers of the divisions concerned would be responsible for the timely updation of the data, as stated in the order passed by the CIC and this Court. The bench took his statement on record.