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New Delhi Commonwealth Village work restarts

Construction work on the Commonwealth Games Village in New Delhi will go ahead without restrictions after a court order was overturned.

A Delhi High Court order placing building restrictions on the work due to concerns over the environmental impact on the Yamuna river has been dismissed by India’s Supreme Court.

The Government had moved the case to the Supreme Court in an attempt to have all building restrictions removed.

The Supreme Court said that the public had been notified about the plans in September 1999 and asked to state any objections or make suggestions at that time. A petition contesting the building work was not filed until 2007.

It added that allegations suggesting that construction work was being carried out on the river bed and flood plain of the Yamuna were of no substance.

The decision is good news for the Government, which is in preparation for hosting the Games next year. The 850-mile long Yamuna is the largest tributary of the sacred Ganges and holds religious significance to Hindus.

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