Plea Against NGT Order Dismissed by SC

Plea Against NGT Order Dismissed by SC

Seeking a direction to Noida Authority to grant completion certificate to its projects falling within 10km radius of Okhla Bird Sanctuary, the plea of real estate firm Jaypee Infratech, has been refused to be entertained by Supreme Court.
Around 4,000 flats are ready for possession and a great humanitarian problem will arise if completion certificates will not be issued by Noida Authority, as it will lead to denial of possession to homes buyers who have almost paid 95 per cent of sale consideration, said senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for the firm.
The firm is developing an integrated township in Noida spread over 1072 acres and it comprises flats, apartments, plots, houses, schools, recreational, commercial and medical facilities, the plea said.
The NGT, on October 28, 2013, had issued interim direction saying “all the building constructions made within 10 km radius of the Okhla Bird Sanctuary or within distance of eco-sensitive zone as may be prescribed by the notification issued by the MoEF shall be subject to the decision of the National Board of Wild Life (NBWL) and till the time the clearance of NBWL is obtained, the authority concerned shall not issue completion certificates to projects.”
Later, the tribunal did not entertain a review plea seeking modification of the earlier impugned order.
The real estate firm said the NGT relied on a Supreme Court order and “completely misread the order” to mean that the apex court had “enforced/implemented the 10 KM eco- sensitive zone”.
The NGT order restrained the authorities from issuing completion certificates for the buildings, constructed within 10 km from the boundary of bird sanctuary, as they fell under the eco-sensitive zone, it said.
The orders adversely affected projects, which were started in 2008, after the grant of environment clearance (EC) by the ministry of environment and forests in 2007.
“Let the central government take a decision on this issue” said a bench of justices J S Kehar and C Naggapan, and dismissed the plea of the firm which was filed against interim orders of the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
News Courtsey:TOI

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