News Courtesy : The Times Of India| Jun 3, 2016
Kochi; Environment Ministry of India today gave clean chit to builder and developer DLF in a case associated with the alleged breach of Coastal Regulatory Zone in the construction of an housing project in Kochi;s Chelavannur sea side.As per the affidavit filed in the Kerala High Court, the ministry informed the project proponent hasn’t violated the Coastal Regulatory Norms.
In December 2014, the Kerala High Court had directed DLF to destroy certain servings of itshousing project in Kochi, built around the banks from the Chilavanoor backwaters within breach of Coastal Regulation Zone norms.The builder challenged the only Bench order and got the stay order against the orders of division bench from the High Court.The High Court took the cognizance and had suo-motu made the Secretary of state for Atmosphere and Forest a party in the case and issued notice in this regard.
Justice A V Ramakrishna Pillai had released the direction whiledisposing the petition of V Antony of Kochi from the construction alleging there was breach of CRZ norms. A legal court had directed DLF to prevent all further construction as reported by the permit granted by Kochi corporation.
Stating the advice of the state government departments dealing in environmental issues, the Ministry stated, “the work proponent has stuck towards the conditions set through the State Environmental Impact Assessment Authority and haven’t violated the provisions. The stated buildings are technically as reported by the provisions from the CRZ Notification, 1991 and Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2006,” it stated.