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NGT rejects Mantri Techzone & Coremind applications

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In a significant ruling, the National Green Tribunal Principal Bench at New Delhi has dismissed the Miscellaneous Appeal Applications filed by the builders and said that the focus from this point on would be only on the quantum of compensation and damages, and the remedy for the litany of irregularities both builders have been found guilty of.
Readers of City Kemp will recall that in a path breaking judgement several months ago, the NGT had held Mantri and Coremind to be intentional polluters and defaulters and assessed them to fines totalling almost Rs. 140 Crores. The cases are in respect of huge mixed use projects being developed in the catchment area and wetlands of Bellandur lake opposite the Agara lake.
Both builders approached the Supreme Court to appeal against the order. The Supreme Court stayed the collection of the fines and asked the builders to go back to the NGT and seek modification of the order. Both builders also filed Miscellaneous Applications seeking to have the verdict of the NGT set aside. This case had been dragging on at the NGT for several months and in between residents fighting the case had a few setbacks including that Mantri was allowed to start constructing the project, subject to the entire construction being subject to the outcome of the litigation.
Residents fighting the case have asked the NGT to levy punitive and compensatory damages several times higher than the Rs 140 Crores already assessed and for the NGT to find that the only remedy that meets the needs of the situation is a demolition and restitution order.
The important thing is that the scathing observations of the NGT now stand.
The findings of irregularities, many of them serious, now stand. And most important, the categorization of both Mantri and Coremind as “Willful polluters and defaulters” stands established.
The battle in this respect has been long and hard battle and its not over yet. During the way, those fighting  the issue have been enthused by the well attended demonstrations at the site which were held on more than one occasion.
The matter now stands posted to May 2nd and 3rd for final arguments and orders.

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