NGT orders riverbed road’s demolition in three months

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Pune: A recent National Green Tribunal (NGT) order states that if the road in the Mutha riverbed near Sinhagad Road is not demolished in three months, the salary of the concerned people will be deducted as an ‘environment nuisance compensation’. The court has also instructed that buildings and other construction works that encroach on the land be listed before the court.

Pune: A recent National Green Tribunal (NGT) order states that if the road in the Mutha riverbed near Sinhagad Road is not demolished in three months, the salary of the concerned people will be deducted as an ‘environment nuisance compensation’. The court has also instructed that buildings and other construction works that encroach on the land be listed before the court.

NGT had on February 12 directed that the 1.35 kilometre road that runs through Vitthalwadi be demolished as it was causing damage to the environment. The apex court also stood by the order and a time period of six months was given.

If the PMC fails to demolish the road, then the Public Works Department (PWD) will carry out the demolition of this road and the cost will be borne by the PMC. As this order was not carried out, environment activist Sarag Yadwadkar, Vivek Velankar, Narendra Chagu, Sanjay Bhosale and Dilip Mohite filed a contempt of court notice with the help of advocate Asim Sarode. 

In response to that, Judge Umesh Salvi and Judge Nageen Nanda ordered that the road should be demolished in three months. Also, in next one and half month, a review of the work should be submitted. Yadwadkar said, “We are hoping that at least now, the PMC follows the order of the court.”

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