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Thursday, 23 July 2020

Norms violated, four Kundli developers face Rs48.4 cr fine

Mukesh Tandon

Tribune News Service

Panipat, July 22

A joint committee, formed last year to look into the violation of environmental norms by four developers while constructing flats in Kundli of Sonepat district, has submitted its final report to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) recommending recovering Rs 48.4 crore as environmental compensation from them.

The four developers are TDI Infrastructure Limited, CMD Built-Tech Private Limited, Parker Estate Development Private Limited and Narang Constructions and Financiers Private Limited. The residential projects under question are situated at Sectors 58 to 64 in Kundli.

The Kissan Udey Samiti had, in 2018, filed an application before the NGT, accusing the developers of not providing proper sanitation and sewerage system in the residential buildings, and thus violating environmental norms.

The next year, the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) inspected the projects and found out that the flats were constructed without obtaining the green nod and the consent to expansion (CTE). Also, the projects were found lacking a system to collect, segregate and dispose of solid waste.

After the HSPCB submitted its report, the NGT Bench headed by its chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goyal had, on October 23 last year, ordered that an interim compensation of Rs 22.5 crore be recovered from the four developers.

The Bench also constituted a joint committee, comprising representatives of the Central Pollution Control Board, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and IIT-Delhi, to suggest a realistic compensation to be recovered.

The joint committee, in its report to the NGT, has recommended that Rs 34.53 crore be recovered from TDI Infrastructure Limited, Rs 3.65 crore from CMD Built-Tech Private Limited, Rs 4.7 crore from Parker Estate Development Private Limited and Rs 5.5 crore from Narang Constructions and Financiers Private Limited.

Bhupender Singh Chahal, Regional Officer, HSPCB, Sonepat, said the next hearing into the matter had been fixed for August 25.

from The Tribune

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