Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday said that the Tata Camelot project could come up only after mandatory clearances from various authorities. The court also said that Chandigarh Periphery Act, 1954, would apply to the project.
The court orders came on a public interest litigation that had challenged the controversial project proposed on 53 acres of land, which would have 1,734 flats in various buildings, ranging between 12 and 35 storeys, near the Chandigarh Capitol Complex.
The project had come under HC scanner in November 2010. On January 20, 2011, the high court had stayed the project. The project was challenged on various grounds, like lack of environmental clearance, project allegedly proposed in eco-sensitive zone and Sukhna catchment area and that the high-rise buildings would block the view of Shivalik hills from Chandigarh.
Also, it had been alleged that the Nayagaon master plan was 'tailor-made' to benefit the TATA under pressure from Punjab MLAs whose land was also bought by Tata in 2007 for the housing project.
The company had approached the Supreme Court, challenging the stay on which the apex court on January 13 this year had ordered the chief justice of the high court to dispose of the matter as soon as possible.
After hearing the case for over a year, the division bench comprising chief justice Ranjan Gogoi and justice Mahesh Grover had reserved its judgment on February 15 on the PIL.