The waste-to-energy plant at Okhla, found causing pollution in Sukhdev Vihar, has also been blamed for threatening the ecosystem of Okhla bird sanctuary.
The National Green Tribunal on Friday admitted for hearing a petition which has demanded the Uttar Pradesh government be made party to an earlier petition seeking closure of the plant. The sanctuary at Noida in Gautam Budh Nagar district comes under the UP government’s jurisdiction.
A group of residents in Sukhdev Vihar who had filed both the petitions alleged emission from the plant is hazardous for the sanctuary and, thus, the ongoing cases should be dealt as an inter-state matter.
Gautam Budh Nagar district forest officer B Prabhakar has already conducted an inspection and written to the UP government that the distance between the plant and the sanctuary is 2 km. Residents of Sukhdev Vihar had earlier approached the UP chief secretary seeking his intervention.
The sanctuary — spread over an area of 3.5 sqkm on the Yamuna on the Delhi-Noida border — has been a haven for waterbirds and a favourite among birdwatchers with more than 300 species spotted so far.