With Ramesh in Mexico, Maha govt delays submitting report

New Delhi: Environment Ministry is yet to receive the final report from Maharashtra government on alleged violations of coastal regulation zone norms by the controversial Adarsh housing society in Mumbai.

Officials said the state government was supposed to submit the report by today to the Ministry on which a final call was to be taken by Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh.

Ramesh is in Cancun in Mexico to attend the two-day ministerial meet on climate change and will return on Monday. Probably, the Maharashtra government wanted to submit the report when he returns, they said.

Ramesh had recently said that the interim report had showed that the Society violated green norms by constructing the 31-storeyed building in the high-profile Colaba region and indicated that the demolishing the structure was one of the options before the ministry.

"However, what final action will be taken will depend on the final report to be submitted by the state government," he had said.

The interim report submitted by the state government has stated that no clearance was received by the environment ministry for the construction of the 100-meter tall building.

The environment ministry last month had said it did not issue any Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) nod or no-objection certificate (NOC) to the Society.

The apartment block has been hit by allegations of corruption and irregularities, including charges that the flats meant for Kargil heroes and war widows were given to bureaucrats, relatives of politicians and former service chiefs among others.