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Sale-purchase of flats near Yamuna banned by NGT

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has banned sale and purchase of flats built close to the Yamuna in Agra.

The court said that no new construction work would be carried in these properties till further orders. The tribunal also issued notices to 15 builders and sought their responses on alleged construction of multi-storeyed buildings on Yamuna floodplains.

However, at present the ban is applicable only to those properties which have been named by the petitioner in his application.

The court was hearing a petition filed by an Agra resident, DK Joshi, who alleged that many high-rise buildings have been constructed in the Yamuna floodplains without the necessary environment clearances.

Petitioner's counsel Rahul Choudhary said, "The court noted that many of buildings do not have environment clearance and also come under the floodplain zone. The court said that no further construction will be done and no third party interest will be created through sale and purchase of flats in all those residential buildings which have been named in the petition."

"Reacting to the Agra authorities' plea that at present there is no demarcation of Yamuna flood zone in the city, the tribunal directed them to identify it", Choudhary added.

The next date of hearing is July 28.

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