Environment ministry team to visit Lavasa site

New Delhi: After hearing Lavasa Corporation last week, the environment ministry today decided to send a technical team soon to the site of the township near Pune, whose construction is held up for want of environmental clearance, reports PTI.

The ministry will also submit its reply in the Bombay High Court on 10th January in connection with a petition filed by Lavasa challenging the stay on construction ordered by the ministry.

“A technical team of the ministry will visit Lavasa soon, environment minister Jairam Ramesh told reporters here.

The team is expected to make an on-the-spot assessment of the controversial Rs3,000 crore hill project and give a report to the minister.

The ministry had on 25th November issued an order, directing stoppage of work at the site. Lavasa had approached the Bombay High Court to challenge the ministry's directive.

However, on 14th December, the ministry refused to lift its “stop-work” order, citing “lack of clarity” on the details submitted by the Lavasa Corporation and “large-scale environmental degradation” in the region.

The ministry had said a final decision in the case will be taken by the month-end after hearing the company again.

“...Ministry is of the considered opinion that the directions issued under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 to Lavasa Corporation Ltd on 25th November to stop project activities going on at the site should continue till the final analysis is undertaken...,” the ministry order said.

The ministry had last week heard Lavasa Corporation and asked it to submit data in a fresh format before the matter could be decided.

Along with Lavasa, representatives of Medha Patkar’s National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM) and local villagers also presented their views before the ministry over the project.

On the environment ministry’s stay on Lavasa construction being challenged in court, Mr Ramesh said a reply will be submitted in the Bombay High Court on 10th January.

Lavasa has alleged in the high court that the show-cause notice issued on 25th November, objecting to further developments at the site, was issued “in haste and without following the principles of natural justice”.

Lavasa’s petition alleged that Mr Ramesh was “biased and had prejudged the matter by issuing the notice without giving a hearing to the company”.


Environment ministry refuses to review clearance to Jaitapur nuclear plant

New Delhi: Unfazed by growing opposition to Jaitapur nuclear power plant, environment minister Jairam Ramesh today refused to review the conditional environmental clearance given to it and asked “interest groups” not to use environment as a shield to fire at governments, reports PTI.

“As far as environment clearance is concerned, we have done all that is required and all different interest groups should not use environment as a shield behind which they start firing their guns at government,” Mr Ramesh told reporters.

He was responding when asked whether the environment ministry would have a rethink over the clearance given to the power plant being built by France in Maharashtra in view of demands in this regard.

Noting that “many people have different agenda” in Jaitapur, Mr Ramesh asked those opposing the environmental clearance not to “make mockery” of the process.

“On 28th November, the environment clearance for Jaitapur nuclear power project was accorded. The 35 conditions associated with the clearance have also been made public,” he said.

“There are political parties which have never agreed with the fact that our prime minister concluded the most successful civil nuclear agreement, of which Jaitapur is the first one,” the minister said attacking the opponents of the project.

Acknowledging that “there are some problems” associated with land acquisition, Mr Ramesh said these would be looked into by Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan “more sensitively”. “We have to take local communities along with us,” he said.

His comments came in the backdrop of senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat demanding a re-look into the conditional environmental clearance given to the nuclear plant, noting that it has created a “great deal of disquiet” among locals as well as others across the country.

“There are issues of safety. More importantly there are issues of environment and a conditional clearance given by the environment ministry is not enough. Minister Jairam Ramesh is on a mission mode and is trying to implement policies in that mode.

“Therefore, I was quite surprised, indeed shocked and I found that he has even given conditional clearance of the plant. It definitely calls for a re-look,” Mr Sinha has said

The Jaitapur nuclear power complex is located in the ecologically sensitive coastal Maharashtra region which includes Raigad, Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts.


Parsvnath Developers receives occupation certificate for Parsvnath Panorama

Integrated infrastructure developer Parsvnath Developers Ltd (PDL) said that it has received the occupation certificate for one of its luxury projects, ‘Parsvnath Panorama’, from Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority in Greater Noida.

Located at Kachnar Estate, Parsvnath Panorama has 246 units with an approximate area of 7 lakh sq ft. The project has been designed by Hafeez Contractor. The structure of ‘Parsvnath Panorama’ is earthquake resistant.
The company has realised about Rs122 crore from the Parsvnath Panorama project.

“At present the company’s focus is completely on execution and delivery and we are developing around 80 million sq feet area on fast track completion out of the total 193.98 million sq ft of saleable area. We have speed up all our projects to complete this 80 million sq ft area on quarter on quarter basis,” Parsvnath Developers’ chairman Pradeep Jain said in a statement.

On Wednesday, Parsvnath Developers gained 0.48% to Rs52.20 on the Bombay Stock Exchange, while the benchmark Sensex closed 1.15% up at 20,256.03 points.


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