The Tughlaqabad sub-station project is caught in a limbo due to a dispute between two departments of the Delhi government over land ownership right.Raising objections, the forest department has refused to give environment clearance to the project developer Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) due to the lack of a clear picture regarding the land to be handed over for compensatory afforestation. The PGCIL was roped into build the sub-station for Delhi Transco Limited (DTL) to meet the power demand expected to arise after the coal-fired Badarpur power plant is closed down. For the last few years, there have been numerous calls to shut down the Badarpur power station, given the pollution in Delhi.
Informed sources say the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) earmarked 35-hectare of land in the Yamuna floodplain in the O Zone to the PGCIL for compensatory afforestation. But, the hiccup arose after the land-owning agency refused to transfer the ownership to forest department.For public projects, the DDA maintains, land is given on lease and the ownership right is not transferred. “Under the laws that govern the DDA’s land management, we only give land on lease and there is not a provision to change the ownership of the land,” says a DDA official. Read More
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