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Tata Camelot Housing Project falls in seismic zone, HC told

None  New Delhi, August 22, 2014
First Published: 10:15 IST(22/8/2014) | Last Updated: 10:19 IST(22/8/2014)

The multi-crore rupees Tata Camelot Housing Project near Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh falls within the area which is ecologically sensitive and “prone to seismic activity”, the Delhi high court was told by additional solicitor general PS Patwalia on Thursday.

A bench comprising chief justice G Rohini and justice R S Endlaw is hearing two PILs, earlier dealt with by the Punjab Haryana high court, transferred to it by the Supreme Court.

During the hearing, the court asked whether the dispute pertains to two different states — that is Punjab and Union Territory Chandigarh — and if the answer is ‘yes’, then the apex court only will have the jurisdiction.

The ASG said certain issues pertained to the dispute between two states.

Former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium, appearing for Tata, however, differed with the view of the ASG.

The court, which has been asked by the Supreme Court to conclude the hearing by August 31, will resume it on Friday.

The apex court had earlier stayed the ambitious housing project by reversing the goahead granted to it by the Punjab and Haryana high court.

‘TATA Camelot’ is a ` 1,800crore building project having 92,100 flats in 19 towers, ranging between 12 and 35 storeys and is slated to be raised on 53.39 acres of land near the Chandigarh Capitol Complex.

The project allegedly falls in the catchment area of Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh.

The PIL was transferred to the Delhi high court after it was alleged that the beneficiaries include some judges of the Punjab and Haryana high court and top bureaucrats of Punjab.

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Besides seeking summoning of records related to the project, the plea has also sought issuance of a direction to restrain the respondents (Centre and others) from commencing the work.

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