Dismissing a bunch of petitions of Ansal Properties and Infrastructure and its sister concern, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday said "prima facie" the developer committed "indicated offences" and degraded Aravali hills by developing a township in Gurgaon's Raisina village against the rules.
The inspection committee examining the case had reported that the builder had developed Aravali Retreat for the cluster of 630 farmhouses on about 1,200 acres of land. The panel found that 108 of the clusters had been constructed and allotted in violation of Aravali notification, 1992 by laying roads, water pipes, electricity, barbed wires, fencing and separate gates.
Hearing the petitions, the court of justice Mehinder Singh Sullar directed the builders to appear before the special environment trial court in Haryana with the directions to the trial court to take all the effective steps as per law.
The builders, Ansal Properties and Infrastructure and Ansals Housing and Construction, had approached the court for quashing of the special environment trial court's summoning orders dated August 14, 2007. The summons were issued on the complaint of Haryana Pollution Control Board (HPCB).
The court was informed by HPCB that the builders had totally changed the nature of 'Gairmumkin Mountain', carved out individual farmhouses in complete violation of the provisions of the 1986 act and sold the same after the commencement of the notification dated May 7, 1992 without applying for the prior required sanction and environment clearance.