Lavasa Corporation seeks more time to submit documents
Lavasa Corporation has sought six weeks' time from the Bombay High Court to submit documents to the Environment Ministry. The ministry filed a petiiton in the court alleging that the corporation carried out construction without securing necessary environmental clearances before starting work.
MOEF counsel on the other hand mentioned that there were no talks of out of court settlement going on.
Construction was stopped there in November after the Environment Ministry passed an order against the developers for failing to obtain necessary environmental clearances. Lavasa Corporation went to court challenging the stay order.
The Lavasa Lake City project near Pune had violated the green laws and no construction activity can be carried out at the project site, the environment ministry on January 18 said in its report submitted to the Bombay High Court.
The ministry, in its 74-page report, said that the construction carried out by Lavasa Corporation for its project is unauthorised.
The ministry, however, said that it is prepared to consider the project on merits, with imposition of various terms and conditions.
The ministry had on Nov 25 slapped a show-cause notice on the company because it had allegedly failed to secure necessary environmental clearances before starting work on its 5,000-plus hectare project coming up in Mulshi sub-district of Pune district, around 200 km from Mumbai.