`Action against housing society in Mumbai within 3 days`

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said action against Adarsh Housing Society in Mumbai for violation of green norms will be taken in the next two-three days.

New Delhi: Environment Minister Jairam
Ramesh on Tuesday said action against Adarsh Housing Society in
Mumbai for violation of green norms will be taken in the next
two-three days.

Ramesh said Maharashtra environment department has
denied giving clearance to the controversial housing society
and it seemed the state urban department has given the nod.
"We have received a bunch of papers from the state
environment department and the Coastal Regulation Zone
department. Based on the evidence that we have got so far, no
clearance was given for the Adarsh Society buildings. We are
awaiting papers from the state urban development department.
Decision will be taken in two-three days," he said.

Ramesh, who had sought a report from Maharashtra
government relating to violation of CRZ notification, 1991 on
mandatory green norms required for construction of building,
said the state urban development department is not authorised
to give clearance. "Let`s see what they say in their reply,"
the Minister said.

The society, built on a 6,490 sq mt plot in Colaba in
the Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) II, was initially promoted
as housing for war veterans and widows but is in the eye of a
storm for violating environmental and other norms and misuse
the land granted to it.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan today became
the first political casualty of the scam as he resigned from
his post following a directive from Congress chief Sonia
Gandhi.

PTI

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