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Centre likely to declare Adarsh illegal

The environment ministry has sought more information from the Maharashtra government on approvals given to the Adarsh building complex before taking a decision in it.

delhi Updated: Nov 12, 2010 00:26 IST
Chetan Chauhan

The environment ministry has sought more information from the Maharashtra government on approvals given to the Adarsh building complex before taking a decision in it.

The ministry is likely to issue a show-cause notice declaring the building illegal by Monday.

Environment minister Jairam Ramesh wants to examine the entire chain of officials involved in giving the approval to the building complex in Colaba before taking a decision.

As per the information available with the ministry, the Adarsh complex in Mumbai is illegal as it did not have requisite approval under the coastal zone regulation (CRZ).

The ministry is also likely to ask the Maharashtra urban development department to issue a demolition order for 26 of the 31 storeys. But before that the minister wants to find out how the building came up without requisite CRZ approval.

The ministry's coastal regulation zone division on Thursday sought more documents from the state's urban development department. Neither the ministry nor the state's environment department gave approval.

"The urban development department's approval to the building violates the coastal regulation law," a ministry official said. The department cannot give approval to the building unless a no-objection is issued by the state coastal zone management authority.

Ramesh refused to comment but said that more information had been sought from the urban development department.