Tribune press service
Shimla, October 13
Maintaining a tough stance on banning all new construction in the congested central area of Shimla, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has rejected the Himachal High Court’s request to allow reconstruction of its old building.
The HC had sought approval for the project as a variation to NGT’s Order dated November 16, 2017, where it had prohibited all such construction due to the potential threat to public safety and the environment.
“Constructions in central areas of Shimla pose a serious danger to public safety and environment, any modification, as suggested in the application, will not be viable. Undoubtedly, the requirement of the HC is the highest priority, but in view of the danger to public safety, we do not find it possible to modify the previous order,” the NGT order reads.
The latest NGT order is likely to prove a major stumbling block for the state government’s plan to seek detente for the people. As well as imposing a blanket ban on construction in the central and green areas, the NGT ordinance limiting new construction in the rest of the Shimla planning area to just two and a half storeys, has caused real estate agents much discomfiture. and to individuals.
Option for state government
- Earlier this month, CM Jai Ram Thakur said his government would ask the HC to amend NGT’s “hard” November 2017 order.
- With HC’s plea rejected by NGT, state government can now only go to Supreme Court on issue, say legal experts