The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday set aside the environmental clearance granted by the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) for a mixed land use project by Dragonstone Realty Pvt Ltd at the Technopark Phase 3 complex.
The company was also fined Rs 15 crore for dividing the project into two parts in violation of Supreme Court orders to obtain clearances. The amount will be used for the improvement of wetlands in the district.
Justice Pushpa Satyanarayana of the NGT, Southern Region, delivered the verdict in an appeal filed by activist Thomas Lawrence, who claimed that the approval was obtained by suppressing material facts. The project proponent has been directed not to undertake any further work under the Phase-III expansion project without obtaining environment clearance, while SEIAA has been asked to scrutinize the proposal afresh and ensure that the company completes the entire construction project. A cumulative effect study for The total area of the project is 2,71,164.4 square meters.
The SEIAA will also identify mitigation measures that can be taken in the Phase-III project area where construction has already been completed to ensure that adverse environmental impacts, if any, due to the construction of the main project are mitigated. remediation is done. A compliance in respect of fine collected within four months and thereafter once in three months to update the Integrated Regional Office of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) about the progress of works done The report has been directed to be filed.
The NGT observed that SEIAA should have considered the project comprehensively and is liable for its conduct in conducting the expansion project without mind. The judge recommended that the MoEF&CC take appropriate action against the officials responsible for granting the environment clearance.