Akshardham an encroachment on bank of Yamuna? SC issues notice

Akshardham an encroachment on bank of Yamuna? SC issues notice
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New Delhi, Aug 9 (PTI) The Supreme Court today issued notices to Uttar Pradesh Irrigation Department and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on a petition alleging that the multi-crore Akshardham temple being constructed on the banks of river Yamuna was an encroachment of government land.

A Bench comprising Justice N Santosh Hegde and Justice S B Sinha also issued the notice to Sri Bochasanghwarsi of A K Iyar Purushottam Sansthan on a petition filed by U.P. State Employees Confederation equating the construction of the temple to that of the controversial Taj Corridor at Agra.

Claiming that the land on which the temple was being constructed belonged to the U.P. Irrigation Department, it alleged that any construction on the river bank would interfere with the environment and the flow of the river.

The petitioner alleged that the patron of the temple, being politically and socially influential, took unauthorised possession of the land on the river bank and started construction of the temple without any valid authorisation.

"The construction of the huge temple and ashram covering an area of 50 acres of the river bed and surrounding areas would prevent the recharge of underground water and in addition would pollute the river by discharge of huge quantity of waste water," it said.

The petitioner sought a direction from the Court for removal of the unauthorised construction. The construction of the temple, a replica of the famous Akshardham temple in Gujarat, was started nearly two years ago.

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