The government may order partial or complete demolition of constructions at Lavasa or impose some penalty depending on extent of damage to environment and ecology.
This was stated by additional solicitor general Darius Khambatta during the hearing of Lavasa’s plea to stay the status quo imposed by the ministry of environment and forests on construction at Lavasa.
Referring to a report forwarded by assistant director, Town Planning, Pune, in November 2009 to the MoEF, Khambatta pointed out that the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification was applicable to Lavasa and it was bound to obtain environmental clearance before starting work.
The HC suggested the state form a 3-member inquiry committee headed by Umeshchandra Sarangi, additional chief secretary (home) and a senior officer each from irrigation and forests department.
Referring to this in its statement, Lavasa said, “The high court has also directed the state to appoint a committee to verify allegations made through PILs and submit a report before January 27.
The order binds all related groups to conclude issues in a timely manner and bring it to a speedy conclusion.
Allegations include displacement of villagers, illegal allotment of land for the project and adverse impact on water supply to Pune city and irrigation purposes.