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Now, Punjab Governor seeks action against AAP MLA’s firm over green norm ‘violation’ | Chandigarh News

Governor Banwarilal Purohit Thursday asked Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to take “strict action” against an AAP MLA-owned real estate company whose two projects allegedly violated environmental norms — the move coming amid an ongoing tussle between the Raj Bhavan and Punjab government over several issues. In a letter to Mann, Purohit has also sought a report from the state government in the matter.

The two projects in question are in Mohali and being developed by Janta Land Promoters Limited (JLPL), which is owned by AAP legislator Kulwant Singh. Kulwant Singh represents Mohali in the Vidhan Sabha.

The Governor’s letter follows a clarification received from the Union environment ministry regarding wildlife clearance of the two projects — Super Mega Mixed-use Integrated Industrial Park at Sector 82-83 and 66-A SAS Nagar, Mohali, and Galaxy Heights by JLPL. “The projects are in violation of environmental regulations, as observed by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change (MoEFCC) , Government of India,” Purohit said in the letter.

In his latest missive to Mann, the governor shared the clarification received from the environment ministry, which stated that “the project was under violation from December 16, 2015 (date of grant of environment clearance) to January 1, 2017 (eco- sensitive zone boundary notification)”.

Accordingly, cognizance of the offence is required to be taken under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, he said.

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Purohit, who is also the administrator of Union Territory of Chandigarh, advised that civic authorities, Punjab Pollution Control Board and State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) may be asked to take strict action against the violators of wildlife norms who are involved in illegal construction.

The Union environment ministry, in response to clarification sought by the state government regarding the construction of the projects, observed that the proposed project site is located at a distance of 13.06 kilometres from the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary (SWLS) and 8.40 kilometres from the boundary of the City Bird Sanctuary.

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“As per the orders of the Supreme Court of India, dated 4th December 2006, in the matter of 2004, Goa Foundation vs Union of India and others, and the guidelines issued by the Union environment ministry, any activities or projects requiring Environmental Clearance and falling within the finally notified Eco-Sensitive Zone or within 10 kilometres of the default ESZ (where the ESZ has not been finally notified) shall necessitate recommendations from the Standing Committee of the National Board for Wild Life (SCNBWL),” read the letter.

“The User Agency, in this case, Janta Land Promoters Limited, has initiated the construction of the Super Mega Mixed-use Integrated Industrial Park without obtaining the necessary approval from the SCNBWL, as mandated by the Supreme Court’s orders and environment ministry guidelines,” he further wrote..

The fresh missive comes days after the Punjab Vidhan was adjourned sine die, hours after proceedings began on October 20, on the first day of a two-day session, as Mann said his government will move the Supreme Court against the Governor for not approving the three Bills that were to be tabled in the House. The surprise announcement by Mann came even after the Speaker had asserted that the session was legal.

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