Tribune News Service
Shimla, October 13
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has turned down the request of the Himachal High Court to allow reconstruction of the old building, keeping a strict stand on not allowing any new construction in the congested core area of Shimla.
The HC had sought approval for the project on November 16, 2017 by amending the NGT’s order, where it had banned all such constructions in view of the potential hazard to public safety and the environment.
“Construction in core areas of Shimla is a serious threat to public safety and environment, any modification, as suggested in the application, will not be viable. Undoubtedly, the requirement of HC is the topmost priority, but in view of the threat to public safety, we do not find it possible to modify the earlier order,” the NGT order read.
The latest order of the NGT is likely to prove to be a major hurdle in the state government’s scheme of relaxation for the people. Besides imposing a complete ban on construction in core and green areas, the NGT order has also restricted new construction in the rest of the Shimla planning area to only two and a half storeys, causing great inconvenience to realty and private individuals.
options for state government
- Earlier this month, CM Jai Ram Thakur had said that his government would move the high court to amend the NGT’s “drastic” order of November 2017.
- After the NGT turns down the HC’s plea, the state government can now approach the Supreme Court only on the issue, legal experts are of the opinion