The Greater Noida authority has told the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that several realtors have started construction of their projects without even having the requisite environmental clearances.
“We have issued public as well as individual notices to these realtors, who have started construction without even having the mandatory environmental clearances from UP state environment impact assessment authority,” said the Noida authority to NGT on August 22. HT has a copy of this report.
NGT had in its earlier interim order directed the Noida and Greater Noida authority to conduct an inspection, and submit a report on such realtors who are flouting laid down green norms, and extracting precious natural resource ground water, leading to an alarming fall in the water table.
The authority in its reply said, “As far as the issue of obtaining environment clearance is concerned in Greater Noida, excluding the completed projects, there are 114 builders, whose area would be 20,000 square meters or above. So far only 7 have informed they have received environmental clearance. And 25 have applied for
EC, therefore they have not started construction,” said the authority to NGT.
Environmentalists, however, said that how can a realtor start construction without having green nod, and why did not the authority take action before it was dragged by the NGT on this issue.
The authority in its report further said, “It is gathering information about remaining 89 realtors. And it will tell NGT about it later on. However, in respect of all ongoing projects where EC could not be made available by a builder, they, by public or individual notices have been asked to stop construction work.”
The Noida authority has in its report also admitted that many realtors have started construction without having EC for the same.
As per norms, a developer having an area of 20,000 square metres or above need to take environmental clearances before starting their digging.
“Both the Noida and Greater Noida authorities are letting builders exploit natural resources. Officials and builders do not seem to be concerned about the ecology at all, as it is proven,” said Vikrant Tongad, a petitioner, who demanded ban on ground water misuse.