CM’s intervention invited on Agara-Bellandur construction

The Namma Bengaluru Foundation has urged chief minister Siddaramaiah to take cognisance of ongoing Agara-Bellandur public interest litigation (PIL). The citizens’ group wants the advocate general of Karnataka to represent the state at the apex court.
The landmark verdict by National Green Tribunal (NGT) against illegalities in the execution of a large mixed-used project encroaching upon the ecologically sensitive area between Agara and Bellandur Lake was passed after the fight was led by the foundation. The judgment passed on May 4, 2016 directed the authorities to extend the buffer zone around the water bodies.

The NGT also directed that issuance of environmental clearances for all future constructions in the city have to mandatorily fulfill the conditions enumerated in the order. The National Green Tribunal mandated the extension of buffer zone around lakes from the existing 30 metres to the 75 metres. However, a review petition was filed by confederation of real estate developers’ association and in a major setback, the Supreme Court of India refused to allow the Petition filed by CREDAI on May 12, 2016.

The association had prayed for the existing buffer zone of 30 metres to be maintained till the disposal of the appeal. The SC refused to interfere with the orders of the NGT and dismissed CREDAI’s petition on the ground that it is not a recognised association of builders. On hearing the appeal filed by the developers against the verdict, the SC has directed them to stop any further construction on the project site and has directed them to restore 3 acres and 10 guntas of encroached lake land to the authorities concerned. Meanwhile, respondents have been directed to file their counter-affidavits in four weeks.

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