The Bombay High Court has overruled a decision by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests to allow Lavasa Corporation Limited to complete the 257 underconstruction buildings at its hill station project near Pune. In its March 30 judgement, the court ordered maintaining status quo on the project till its next hearing on June 15.
The ministry had stopped work at the site in November 2010 since the project did not have the Centre’s clearance. The firm challenged this in the court and applied for a post facto clearance. The ministry agreed, but with some conditions, including penalty.
It also allowed continuation of work on the unfinished buildings. But activists’ coalition National Alliance of People’s Movement (NAPM) said there is no provision in law for a post facto clearance (see ‘Hill City on Shaky Grounds’, Down To Earth, March 31, 2011). The court will decide on the plea of NAPM on June 15.
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