The Central Ministry of Environment and Forests has done its share of flip-flops on the suspected illegalities in Noida's upcoming Bhim Rao Ambedkar Memorial Park project. And it is now the turn of a Supreme Court-appointed fact-finding panel which had recommended the stoppage of construction activities at the Rs.685 crore project last Friday.
The Supreme Court, which has received the panel's recommendations and is expected to pass its order soon would now also have to take into account the "dissenting views" against them sent to it by one of the panel's members.
The member’s letter, a copy of which is with HT, told the apex court the "recommendation contained in para (graph) 35 of the said Report is not the unanimous view of the Committee."
Paragraph 35 of the report containing recommendations made on Friday by the panel had said, "The...UP state government should be directed to seek the environmental clearance for the present project from the MoEF in terms of the (EIA) notification…if the project is found by the MoEF to be environmentally viable, it may allow the project subject to the appropriate safeguards/conditions."
Adding, "This will imply that pending the environmental clearances, no further works should be carried out."
The panelist’s "dissenting views" on the paragraph do not recommend the stoppage of construction works at the project pending the environmental clearances.
It instead recommends that the UP government should acquire the EIA clearances and implement "appropriate mitigation measures/safeguards."