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HC may transfer case of Lavasa to green tribunal

The Bombay high court on Wednesday said it would decide whether the case pertaining to alleged irregularities by Lavasa township near Pune can be transferred to the National Green Tribunal, set up to handle environment protection related issues.

A division bench of Justices VM Kanade and S C Gupte posted the matter for hearing on 21 November.

Lavasa Corporation, a subsidiary of Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), had challenged in High Court the 25 November, 2010 notice issued by MoEF directing stay on construction for not obtaining mandatory environment clearances before starting the project in 2004.

During earlier hearing in 2011, the High Court had asked the Ministry of Environment and Forest and Lavasa Corporation Ltd to consider approaching NGT.

While the MoEF said the issues raised by Lavasa could be looked into by the tribunal, Lavasa had opposed the suggestion saying that they had approached the High Court in November 2010 and it would be too late to take the dispute to the tribunal at this stage.
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