Green signal to Project near HPCL chembur: Ministry of Environment and Forests

In 2008, at Chembur the Project near Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) refinery had been passed out after considering environmental hazards and pollution by an experts’ appraisal committee.

But in this year, the residential-cum-commercial complex is being the major subject between the state and the courts.

However, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) had submitted a confidential report in which it informed major chances of security threat to the refinery and also health hazards from emission of toxic fumes.

Once again the issue regarding the Project construction is blowing up and HPCL challenging it.

While project had cleared in 2008 by expert committee, the division bench of Justice PB Majmudar and Justice Mridula Bhatkar asked the Rajeev Chavan, advocate for MoEF (the ministry of Environment and Forests) who would be held responsible in case any hazardous took place regarding that project.

On other side HPCL has clearly defined that the project has been sanctioned in the I-3 zone. Apart from this, Rashtriya Chemical and Fertilizers Limited, and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre are in the vicinity.

Aspi Chenoy, counsel for the developers, give a statement and said, “There are 56 seven-story buildings in the area. The building being constructed by Oswal is far away from the refinery, and all permissions have been acquired from the authorities.”

By giving the example of recent AMRI hospital fire in which 93 lives so far, justice Majmudar said, “We all saw what happened in Kolkata. People go to hospital to get well, and end up suffocating to death. Such things only happen in our country.”

Moreover, replying his question, it could not stop anyone abiding by the law, defined by the court.

But, again criticized it, justice Majmudar said, “People should consider reality and take precautions.” After having nothing to say, the court has been kept his petition for hearing on January 10.

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