CPCB Directs Ansal Properties To Stop Construction On Gurugram Project; Slaps Rs 14.7-Crore Fine
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), in its order dated June 18, 2019, directed Ansal Properties and Infrastructure to stop construction work with immediate effect, at its township project in Gurugram’s Sushant Lok, Phase-I. According to the board, the project had violated environmental norms for which the developer has also been fined Rs 14.69 crores.
The CPCB had found the developer guilty of discharging untreated wastewater for over 280 days while developing a residential project at Sushant Lok.
According to the CPCB, the developer also encroached green areas and illegally extracted groundwater for the development of the project, without any no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA). For this, the CGWA would also separately levy environmental compensation for the violations.
Additionally, the apex pollution board had also directed the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) of Haryana to revoke environmental clearances, if any have been granted. Also, it was directed to not let Ansal Properties and Infrastructure undertake any expansion activity, till it complied with all the directions. The pollution control body also asked the Haryana Electricity Board to stop power supply for any further expansion of the residential complex.
The CPCB had earlier asked Ansal Properties to submit an action plan, regarding rectification of shortcomings and action taken, along with necessary documentary evidence.
In September 2018, the National Green Tribunal had directed a joint committee comprising officials from the Town and Country Planning Department in Haryana, the Delhi School of Planning and Architecture, the CGWA and the SIEAA to furnish a report on the issue. According to the report submitted, the sewage system was not proper and rainwater harvesting systems had not been provided for the houses. It said maintenance of roads, footpath and parks was not up to the mark and the system of collection of solid waste, was not as per the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.
With inputs from Housing.com News