Maha govt to take credible action against Lavasa
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 20, 2011, 16:28
Mumbai: Maharashtra government today informed the Bombay HC that it would initiate "credible" action against Lavasa Corporation for violation of environmental laws within two weeks, after which the union environment ministry could reconsider its passed order.

Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) had on October 13 passed an order in the matter stating it would be able to take final decision on environment clearance only after the five pre-conditions laid down by the ministry are complied with by Lavasa and the state government.

The first pre-condition is for Maharashtra government to take credible action against Lavasa for violations under the Environment Protection Act (EPA). The state government had however till date not taken any action.

Pulling up the state government, a division bench of Justices D D Sinha and V K Tahilramani said, "MOEF had sent a letter to the government on June 10 this year asking it to take credible action but till date nothing has been done. What does the government proposes to do? Will it take action or will it not?"

Counsel for the government, S K Shinde told the court that no action was taken till date as the matter was sub-judice and pending before the court and a clarification was sought from MOEF in July but no reply was given.

After the court sought to know if the state government would now take action, Shinde said the government would initiate action within two weeks.

"We have taken instructions from the secretary of environment department who said positive action would be initiated against Lavasa for violations," he said.


First Published: Thursday, October 20, 2011, 16:28

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