Lavasa case to be heard in Bombay High Court on Jun 15

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Mumbai, Jun 15: The Bombay High Court will hear a case against Lavasa project the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF's) on Wednesday, Jun 15.

There is a possibility that the High Court during the hearing will ask its ministry to take a stand on the environmental violations that the project was causing.

Chief Minister, Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday, Jun 14 said that the government was trying to come up with a solution for the Lavasa project, three days after a notice was issued by the MoEF to the state government to take immediate action.

A notice was issued issued to the state government by the MoEF on Jun 10, so that action be taken against Lavasa Corporation which violated environmental norms by constructing on 681 hectare area without taking prior permission.

"This is an important project and action against the project does not mean the demolition of the project," said Chavan adding that no immediate action would be taken now.

“The appraisal committee of the environment ministry had suggested, four months ago, that the sanction to be given to the project will be subject to the fulfillment of the 34 conditions specified by the ministry. The construction/development on the 681 hectare area was without taking any permission and action was sought against it. However, we are looking for a way out for the project," said the CM.

On Tuesday, Jun 14, Ajit Gulabchand, the head of Lavasa met CM on Tuesday after Supriya Sule, MP, Nationalist Congress Party met Prithviraj Chavan.

The Chief Minister also confirmed he met Gulabchand to talk on the developments linked to the Lavasa project. He hinted that the MoEF had stated that the project could be regulated if it strictly follows the conditions put up by the ministry.

An opinion from the law and judiciary department has been sought by the state environment ministry before it takes any action against the project is taken.

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