The National Green Tribunal (NGT) will begin the final hearing on the Lavasa Corporation Limiteds appeal challenging the conditions imposed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) from December 4 on day-to-day basis. The NGT will also begin hearing the final arguments in an appeal filed by farmer Dnyaneshwar Shedge challenging the MoEFs environment clearance given to Lavasa on the same dates.
The NGT bench of expert member D K Agarwal and judicial member Justice V R Kingaonkar in its order last week stated,The matters (Lavasa vs Union Government and others and Dnyaneshwar Shedge vs Lavasa and others) are fixed for final hearing on December 4,2012 with clear understanding that if hearing is required to be taken further,day die dem will continue.
While these are two different appeals concerning Lavasa Corporation Limited,they will be heard on the same dates on day-to-day basis, said advocate Ritwick Dutta,representing Shedge in the NGT.
Lavasa,through its lawyers Rishi Agarwal and Megha Mehta Agrawala,in its appeal filed in 2011,had questioned the applicability of Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) notification 2006,requiring environmental clearance from MoEF on the project.
On November 9,2011,the MoEF had granted environment clearance to the phase-1 of Lavasa subject to strict compliance of certain terms and conditions which included demarcation of land usage such as open spaces,diverting 5 per cent of its expenses for corporate social responsibility,creation of an environment restoration fund,which in turn will be monitored by verification and monitoring committee and a submission by the company that violations would not be repeated. The MoEF had also listed 47 conditions on Lavasa including having a separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes and vocational training for individuals to take up self-employment and jobs.