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NBCC i.e. National Building Construction Corporation is likely to redevelop six colonies falling under South Delhi locale which includes Sarojini Nagar and Nauroji Nagar. The Delhi High Court is likely to allow NBCC to get the redevelopment work done in case the project gets all the necessary approvals abiding the law.

The construction work of both Centre and the National Building Construction Corporation will be clearly mentioned in the order to be passed by a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao. Pinky Anand, the Additional Solicitor General appearing for the Environment Ministry stated that the project will get a go-ahead once it receives all approvals including forest clearances according to the law.

Advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan, the lawyer for local area residents said that the Central Government has revised the project and thus there is a need for fresh approval from the environment ministry. The local residents are opposing this project as hundreds of trees will be cut down for the redevelopment.

The order is kept reserved by the court, although the hearing arguments on behalf of all stakeholders, including the ministry, local area residents and NBCC in regard with the six colonies of Sarojini Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Thyagaraja Nagar, Kasturba Nagar, Mohammadpur and Srinivaspuri.

The redevelopment of Nauroji Nagar which is the seventh colony will be separately heard any other day. Both the Environment Ministry and NBCC told the 2-judge bench about the necessary changes made to the project in order to ensure a minimum number of trees to be felled along with less water consumption in the area. Also, the road infrastructure will be worked on in order to widen roads to absorb rapidly increasing vehicular traffic.

The number of housing units in the project has been cut down to 739 in order to minimize felling of trees. This information has been detailed in the affidavit submitted by Counsel Ripudaman Singh Bhardwaj on the behalf of   Central Government.

Several changes have been made in the layout plan including architectural design, parking space and there will be a total of 24,928 dwelling units in the area which will also cut down the number of tree felling. The redevelopment of this area will also address the water conservation issue as currently huge water is wasted due to the poor plumbing system.

These things were taken into consideration when the court was hearing PILs [Public Interest Litigation] that challenges the terms of reference [ToR] and the environmental clearances granted to the housing projects in seven colonies including Sarojini Nagar, Nauroji Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Thyagaraja Nagar, Kasturba Nagar, Mohammadpur and Srinivaspuri.