New Delhi: Raising questions over construction of Commonwealth Games Village and Akshardham Temple on Yamuna River banks here, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh today said the former should not have been given environmental clearance while the Temple never even applied for it.
He, however, conceded that these constructions could not be demolished now.
“If your question is whether the Commonwealth Games village got environmental clearance, the answer is yes, it got. Should it have got environmental clearance, I don’t think it should have got environmental clearance.
“Should Akshardham have got environmental clearance, I don’t think it should have got environmental clearance,” Ramesh told reporters here while talking about his efforts to protect the river zones.
He said Akshardham didn’t get the clearance as it “didn’t apply” for it.