CHANDIGARH: Continuing with its proceedings, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the Haryana government and promoter of Ambience Infrastructure, Gurugram, to file a reply on a writ petition against it by May 12.
While giving the last opportunity to the state as well as the proponent, the NGT also indicated towards slapping the cost on both for failure of meeting deadlines of the project.
The issue relates to alleged encroachment and construction on forest land in Gurugram and the directions have come from the principal bench of NGT, comprising Justice Arun Kumar Tyagi and expert member Afroz Ahmad on March 13, when the case had come up for hearing. Haryana as well as the promoter were supposed to submit their reply by March 13. The counsels appearing for state government as well as realtor had appeared, but had sought more time to file the reply.
However, this was opposed by R K Sharma and Pawan Kumar, who had moved NGT in the case. It has been alleged that the promoter of Ambience Infrastructure had constructed a commercial and residential complex on about 6,000 square metre land of Sikandarpur and Nathupur bundh in Gurugram, declared as protected forest.
It is alleged that the realty project had resulted in obstructing the natural flow of water from Aravali hills to Nazafgarh drain, which would then result in waterlogging every monsoon in many areas of Gurugram. According to information, initially government had moved a case in environment court but had later withdrawan the same