No bias against Lavasa, says Jairam Ramesh
Ramesh said the show cause notice was sent because in the view of his ministry, existing laws of forest conservation and environment protection had been violated.
Mumbai: Union Minister for Environment and
Forests Jairam Ramesh on Sunday said there was no bias or
prejudice on the part of his ministry to issue a show cause
notice to the Lavasa Lake city coming up near Pune.
Talking to reporters here, Ramesh said a show cause
notice has been issued to the company. "When they reply comes,
we will follow procedures as per law," he added.
Ramesh said the show cause notice was sent because in the
view of his ministry, existing laws of forest conservation and
environment protection had been violated.
"No decision will be taken arbitrarily. Lavasa will be
given a chance to put forth their point. Action would be taken
after due consideration," Ramesh said.
He said the priority of his ministry was to monitor
implementation of environment laws passed by Parliament.
When asked about the Adarsh Housing society, Ramesh said
the lawyers have replied to the show cause notice.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said an FIR has been
filed into the key missing papers related to the Adarsh
society from the Urban development ministry.
"Investigations are on and action would be taken against
the guilty," he added.
Chavan also informed that an internal inquiry into the
issue is also in progress.