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On second thoughts,govt puts hill station clearance on hold

The Maharashtra government,which in May issued a notification to develop another hill station in Pune’s Mulshi taluka under the Hill Station Policy,has now decided to review the project afresh before granting any permissions.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: July 24, 2012 6:32:46 am

The Maharashtra government,which in May issued a notification to develop another hill station in Pune’s Mulshi taluka under the Hill Station Policy,has now decided to review the project afresh before granting any permissions.

Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Vinod Tawde last week demanded that the proposed Rs 2,000-crore hill station be rejected over environmental concerns. On Monday,officials confirmed that Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had already issued directions earlier this month to put the project on hold.

The project — to be built by Maharashtra Valley View Pvt Ltd — is proposed over 5,900 acres in seven villages of Mulshi,also home to the Lavasa hill station.

Environment Minister Sanjay Deotale told the Legislative Council on Monday that the government has not cleared the hill city project. “We have not given any permission to the Maharashtra Valley View Project,” he said.

Over the last six years,the company has acquired over 1,200 acres through negotiations with private landowners. Two other proposals under the same private hill station development policy are awaiting the urban development department’s nod.

The proposed project falls in the catchment area of the Mulshi dam. (With PTI)

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