Though the Bombay High Court (HC) has given an ultimatum to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to pass the final order in the Lavasa case before October 18, National Alliance for People’s Movement (NAPM) activists demanded that the ministry not clear the Lavasa project.
NAPM members claimed there were several cases of violations still pending against Lavasa in court and demanded that the ministry take a firm stand against Lavasa. Suniti S R of NAPM told Pune Mirror, “Our demand is that the ministry should not give clearance to Lavasa in its order and even if the ministry did issue a clearance, it will not be taken as a green signal to the project as the final verdict will be given by the court.”
The HC on September 23 had given an ultimatum to the MoEF directing them to pass an order in the Lavasa case. A division bench of Justice D D Sinha and Justice V K Tahilramani gave the MoEF three weeks to make a decision either in favour or against the Lavasa project.
The MoEF had earlier ordered Lavasa Corp to fulfil five pre-conditions set by them for the regularisation of the project, but Lavasa Corporation took a stand saying that this was not an order, but just a letter from the ministry.
Now NAPM members are demanding that the ministry should not make a decision in favour of the project. “All cases related to Lavasa have been clubbed together and we are already opposing the project. However, we will respect the court’s decision,” said Suniti. The case will be heard in the HC on October 18.
Even if the MoEF did issue a clearance, it will not be taken as a green signal as the verdict will be given by the court