Taking stern note of possible deterioration of ecology, the Bombay high court on Thursday restrained the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) from dumping any solid waste on wetlands and mangrove fields in Mulund (East) and the adjoining Kopri area of Thane.
The division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and justice Roshan Dalvi has also directed the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) as well as concerned state agencies to file affidavits in reply to a public interest litigation filed by city-based NGO, Vanashakti.
The NGO has challenged the validity of the environmental clearance granted by MoEF to Zeus Infrastructure Pvt Ltd. for setting up a SEZ for Information Technology and Information Technology Enabled Services on 54.22 hectares of wetlands.
During the course of the hearing on the PIL, the judges were irked to find that the MoEF had accorded environmental clearance for the SEZ project merely on the proposal forwarded by the state government and without actually anybody inspecting the landsite. The PIL will now come up for hearing on January 31.