Judgement of the National Green Tribunal regarding the decision of the Central Government and the Government of Assam to establish AIIMS at the Jalah Beel in North Guwahati, Assam, 13/11/2017
Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Sarbeswar Boruah Vs State of Assam & Others dated 13/11/2017 regarding the decision of the Central Government and the Government of Assam to establish AIIMS at the Jalah Beel in North Guwahati in preference to Raha village in Nagaon district of Assam.
NGT while dismissing the Application said that as per the records "the area does not appear to be a water body in the sense that water remains stored there but only part of it is marshy that become water logged during the rainy season. In fact, the entire area had been recorded as VGR land which had been de-reserved after due consideration of all factors in order to establish AIIMS in the larger interest of the general public". Also sections of the Act (Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority Master Plan 20-25) enable the GMDA (Guwahati Metropolitan Authority) and the State to make modifications to the Master Plan and Zoning Regulations and justifies the submission of the Advocate General for the State and the Counsel for the GMDA that the Master Plan is not a static document but is subject to changes from time to time as per the needs of the area.