The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday refused to review its order imposing an interim penalty of Rs 10 crore on 3 builders for violating environmental norms. The review plea was filed by Ansal Buildwell Ltd, Aadharshila Towers Private Ltd and Rigoss Estate Networks Private Ltd.
In March 2019, environment compensation was imposed on builders by the Tribunal for not seeking consent to operate in Sushant Lok 2 and 3 as per the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974.
“In case of any delay in payment by builders, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) will be entitled to charge interest at the rate of 12 per cent and recover the amount from them by adopting necessary measures as per law,” said the Tribunal.
The plea was filed by residents of Sushant Lok 2 and 3 in Gurugram who stated that the builders have encroached on the green belt, open areas meant for park, roads etc.
The plea stated, “They developed huge residential township project on 200 acres of land, without obtaining environmental clearance. The area has already been sold except 30 per cent that is of more than Rs 1,000 crore. 45 per cent of the area is required to be left for parks, green belts etc which has not been left. Illegal activities have resulted in air pollution. There is no proper garbage disposal system. Sewage is being discharged into a drain, connected to river Yamuna.”