Realty firm Godrej Properties on Wednesday informed, that it would challenge the NGT (The National Green Tribunal) order, quashing environmental nod granted to Godrej Reflections project in Haralur Road, Bengaluru. According to them, no construction work has been done in the buffer zone of lake.
Godrej Properties is the real estate arm of diversified Godrej Group.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) quashed the environmental clearance (EC) granted to a high-rise residential project being built by Godrej in Bengaluru, for raising construction in the buffer zone of Kaikondrahalli lake.
A bench of NGT Chairperson, Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice S P Wangdi said that no environmental clearance could have been granted which permitted construction in the buffer zone of Kaikondrahalli lake and drains merely by imposing a condition that no such construction will be raised.
The NGT was hearing a plea by Bengaluru resident, H P Rajanna against the construction of Godrej Reflections at Kasavanahalli village in Varthur Hobli of Bengaluru Urban district by Godrej Properties Ltd.
“The area is eco-fragile and environmental load by the project would be much more than the carrying capacity of the area. The project proponent deliberately concealed relevant data. The project is in No Development Zone, being Buffer Zone of the lake“, the plea said.
“Stand of the project proponent that the project is permissible cannot be accepted. It is clear that the project stipulates construction in the buffer zone, in violation of zoning plan and judgment of this tribunal as affirmed by the Supreme Court. Accordingly, the appeal is allowed and the EC is quashed”, the bench said.
“NGT has passed an order concerning our projects in Bengaluru. We reiterate that as a responsible corporate, we follow all concerned regulations and are confident of our compliance in this project”, Godrej Properties said in a statement.
“There has been no construction in the buffer zone and we are confident of our merits and compliance in the case. We are in the process of challenging the said order”, it added.