Fate of Adarsh Society to be decided by Friday

The fate of Mumbai`s scam-tainted Adarsh Society, which is facing a threat of demolition for allegedly violating green norms, is expected to be decided by the Environment Ministry by the this week-end.

Updated: Jan 11, 2011, 18:38 PM IST

New Delhi: The fate of Mumbai`s
scam-tainted Adarsh Society, which is facing a threat of
demolition for allegedly violating green norms, is expected to
be decided by the Environment Ministry by the this week-end.

"The Ministry is likely to announce its final decision
on Adarsh by Friday," said an official source here.
Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has instructed
officials in his ministry to complete all the work related to
the issue by Friday so that a decision could be announced by
that day, the source said.

The Environment Ministry had issued a show-cause notice
to the society on November 12, 2010, asking why the 31-storey
building should not be demolished for "violating"
environmental norms.

The Ministry yesterday received a written reply, in
which the society demanded an immediate end to proceedings
against it, insisting that it had got all the required
clearances.
The Society has also slammed the "undue haste" shown
in the initiation of punitive proceedings against it and
"converting" their "meritorious case" into a "trial" by media.

The society has got caught in a controversy after it was
detected that several flats meant for the kin of Kargil war
victims were given to others, including politicians and top
military officials and bureaucrats.

PTI