NGT Show-Cause Notice To Green Ministry On Signature City Project In Kanpur
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued a show-cause notice to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), asking it why a plea challenging the construction of Signature City Project in Kanpur was not considered. A Bench headed by acting NGT Chairperson Justice UD Salvi rapped the ministry for not hearing the petitioner in the case, and directed it to file reply in this regard by January 24.
The tribunal had in November last year disposed of the plea filed by journalist Ashwini Yadav, seeking a stay on Signature City Project as the Kanpur Development Authority has not obtained the 'no-objection certificate' from the state environment department.
The order had come after the lawyer for the ministry had assured the Bench that that they would deal with the application for obtaining the environmental clearance as expeditiously as possible.
Yadav then filed another plea in the tribunal, seeking execution of the NGT's November order.
The plea, filed through advocate Prashant Shukla, alleged that construction wall of the project was touching the wall of the adjacent Allen Forest Zoo, putting the lives of fauna to risk.
"Signature City Project's construction site is adjacent to the zoo. A lot of dust particles of cement, sand, soil, and other chemical particles are generated at the construction sites. Due to which, it has become the cause of the illness of the animals, birds and creatures there. These dust particles are hazardous for the health of animals, birds, and creatures in the zoo.”
"These dust particles are adversely affecting the breathing system of the birds there. When the amount of Particulate Matter increases in the atmosphere it causes diseases in human beings as well. These animals and birds are prone to these diseases due to the air pollution and Particulate Matter generated there in construction site," the plea said.
KDA's Signature City Project is being constructed at Vikas Nagar in Kanpur. It is a project for the construction of luxury hotels, flats and commercial purposes. The entire Signature City is being constructed on 68,174 square metre of land which has been made available to the KDA by the UP State Road Transport Corporation.
The commercial complex, based on theme of a shopping mall, will have a restaurant and a food court. Besides 350 shops, the complex will also have two auditoria and conference rooms while the nine-floored hotel will have 150 rooms, the plea added.
With inputs from Housing News