New Delhi: The Environment Ministry will take
a final decision on the fate of the controversial Adarsh
Housing Society in Mumbai within a week.
The Ministry today held the final oral hearing and asked
the society to give a written submission.
"Hearing is over and a final decision will be taken
within a week," said a Ministry official.
A lawyer who appeared before the Ministry on behalf of
the society, said that it has been asked to give a written
submission. He, however, did not elaborate further.
The society is accused of violating green laws in
construction of the 31-storey building allegedly in a defence
land in upmarket Colaba.
The building, originally meant for Kargil war heroes and
widows, landed in a controversy after it was found that
several senior serving and former army officers, bureaucrats
and kin of politicians were alloted flats in it.
Accepting a request from the society, the Ministry had on
December 28 extended the last date till January 4 for
receiving its response on a show-cause notice and had made it
clear that it would be the last chance for it.
The Ministry had noted that the society was already given
extension three times earlier either for submitting the reply
or for hearing in the matter.