Panel to verify green nod for parking area of SRA project: NGT

Panel to verify green nod for parking area of SRA project: NGT

MUMBAI: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) constituted a joint committee to inspect if there is any alleged violation of Environmental Clearance (EC) conditions in the parking requirements at a major Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) project coming up in Worli.

The interim order was passed by the NGT principal bench at Delhi in an application that sought “compliance of EC conditions in providing parking by Skylark Buildcom Pvt Ltd and Oberoi Realty Ltd, Mumbai”.

The panel will comprise representatives of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA), said the June 4 order uploaded on Monday.

No lawyers appeared for the builders, noted the NGT, but the order by a five-member bench headed by chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel stated, “We have considered the application and find that the grievance needs to be gone into by a joint committee of CPCB, MPCB and SEIAA, Maharashtra.”

A spokesperson for Oberoi Realty declined to comment on Monday.

The application claimed the SRA project for Sai Sundar Nagar CHS and other amalgamated societies is coming up on a 21-acre plot in Worli with “260 super luxury flats”.

Mumbai residents Santosh Patil and Manoj Salvi, through their advocate Aditya Pratap, had filed the application before the NGT for directions to provide 500 parking slots as set out in the January 28, 2016, EC issued by the SEIAA. The EC condition stated, “Traffic congestion near the entry and exit points from the roads adjoining the proposed project site must be avoided. Parking be fully internalised and no public spaces should be utilised. Parking for existing and proposed development (1,726 for sale building and 500 for rehab building).”

The MPCB shall be the “nodal agency for coordination and compliance” said the NGT. “The joint committee may look into the grievance and if there is violation of EC conditions, take suitable measures as per law, including assessment and recovery of compensation, following due process. The joint committee may visit the site and is also free to conduct proceedings online,” the order added. The committee may interact with the stakeholders and consult any other expert and submit any ‘action-taken report’ within two months, said the NGT and posted the next hearing on September 7.

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