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.