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HC seeks explanation from Forest Ministry

The Bombay High Court, on Thursday, sought explanation from the Environment and Forest Ministry on environmental clearance given for redevelopment of Wankhede Stadium by a Central Committee.

mumbai Updated: Jan 08, 2010 01:04 IST
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The Bombay High Court, on Thursday, sought explanation from the Environment and Forest Ministry (MoEF) on environmental clearance given for redevelopment of Wankhede Stadium by a Central Committee. The powers to do so rest with a State Committee.

The court also directed the MoEF to produce documents for the clearance granted in June 2009.

Amit Maru, a Mumbai resident, filed a plea seeking restraint on the redevelopment of the stadium, scheduled to host finals of next Cricket World Cup tournament.

His counsel Y P Singh contended that civic body granted permission for the redevelopment work without proper Coastal Regulatory Zone and environmental clearances.

On Thursday he told the court that Mumbai Cricket Association obtained environmental clearance from a Central Committee when the power to do so — for the particular category covering the stadium — had been conferred upon a State Committee by virtue of a 2006 notification.

He also alleged that clearance was granted for redevelopment work without assessing environmental impact. Construction projects on 20,000 sq m or more require clearance before commencing work.