Adarsh Society fails to reply to showcause notice

Last Updated: Monday, December 27, 2010 - 17:54

New Delhi: Scam-hit Mumbai`s Adarsh Housing
Society has failed to file its reply to the show-cause notice
served by the Union Environment Ministry asking why its
31-storey building at Colaba should not be demolished for
allegedly violating green laws.

"They have not filed the reply," a senior Ministry
official said adding the hearing of the case has, however,
been scheduled for December 29.

The Ministry had in its order on December 15 asked the
Society to file its reply by December 24 and made it clear
that no further extension of time for filing the reply would
be given.

Following a request, the Ministry had last week allowed
the officials of the Society to inspect the original documents
which highlight the alleged violation of green laws by the
Society.

The Ministry has already given two extension to the
Society, which is in the eye of a storm for constructing the
high-rise allegedly ignoring various norms, to file the reply
since it slapped its notice on November 12.

The Society had on November 24 sought four weeks` time
but the Ministry on November 29 agreed for a seven-day
extension till December 7.

But before the expiry of the notice period, the
Society sought an extension of one more month, which was not
agreed to by the Ministry which gave just seven more days to
it.

The Society built the structure, allegedly violating
the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification and environment
by-laws.

Besides green law violations, the Adarsh Society is
also facing a CBI case for "fraudulently" converting the
residential block originally meant to be a six-storeyed
apartment block in Mumbai`s upscale Colaba for housing widows
of Kargil war heroes.

PTI



First Published: Monday, December 27, 2010 - 17:54

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