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Govt ignoring violation of environment norms by builders: Cong

Senior Congress leader Mukesh Agnihotri on Thursday came down heavily on the Himachal Pradesh government for allegedly ignoring violations of environment norms by builders.



Shimla: Senior Congress leader Mukesh
Agnihotri on Thursday came down heavily on the Himachal Pradesh
government for allegedly ignoring violations of environment
norms by builders.
During a discussion on the state budget for 2011-12 he
said in the Assembly that the ruling BJP was turning a "blind
eye" on violation of environment norms, allegedly being
committed by Bemloe Builders in Shimla and Optima
Constructions in Solan.

Claiming that Bemloe Builders was a front company for DLF
builders, Agnihotri sought to know who had permitted
constructions in the area amidst thick forests.

With regard to the Solan construction, he said that 1,000
trees had been felled in violation of forest laws but no
action had been initiated against the violators.

"Maybe the government is abiding by laws but the
impression that had gone around is that it was selling state`s
scarce resources in the name of opening private universities
industrial houses or colonies," he alleged.

Urging the government to make the law more stringent for
protecting the agricultural land, he said the farmlands were
being grabbed inspite of existing law banning purchase of land
by non-agriculturists.
Responding to forest law violations by builders as
pointed out by Agnihotri, Kushi Ram Balnahta of BJP said under
the previous Congress regime gross violations were committed
by owners of Jagson Airlines in the Jakhoo area in Shimla but
the government had overlooked it.

PTI

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