AOA alleges builder not adhering to EC conditions; NGT directs remedial action

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GHAZIABAD: While listening to grievances of Apartment Owners Association (AOA) of a builder at Mohan Nagar for not having a valid environmental clearance (EC) and not complying with EC conditions, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) passed orders for constitution of a joint inspection committee comprising of MoEF&CC, CPCB, SEIAA, UP, State PCB and District Magistrate, Ghaziabad. The NGT further directed that CPCB and SEIAA, UP will jointly be the nodal agency for coordination and compliance. Its order said: “Joint Committee may give its report to find out the availability of basic infrastructure facilities like sewerage and solid waste management. Meeting of the joint Committee may be held within 15 days to take stock of the situation. The joint Committee may visit the site and interact with the stakeholders including the project proponent to verify the status of compliance.”

The builder who has constructed Saviour Park in Mohan Nagar area of Ghaziabad is allegedly using groundwater illegally without a valid NOC and is also not adhering to the EC conditions, as well as expanding the area of construction in violation of environmental norms. The AOA has also alleged that as the area is a critically polluted one the EC should have been taken from MoEFCC and not Uttar Pradesh SEIAA. The NGT further directed that remedial action be taken if authorities find non-compliance by the builder.

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