Orbit Corp caught on the wrong foot
Two high-rises developed by Orbit Corp in Lower Parel have come under the scanner of the state environment panel for construction allegedly without obtaining prior clearance.
State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) made a note of the violations while hearing proposals for environmental clearances to Orbit Grand Complex at Murgi Chawl and Dadabhai Chawl and Orbit Terraces on NM Joshi Marg, Senapati Bapat Road.
“In case of violations we follow the procedure laid down by the ministry of environment and forests in a circular dated December 12, 2012. The state environment department will take legal action against the company under Environment Protection Act and the company board will have to give it in writing that such violations will not be repeated,” said SEIAA member PMA Hakeem.
The construction will stop till the procedure is completed and the developer gets environmental clearance.
Another SEIAA member said the developer also did not obtain approval from the high-rise committee.
State Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC), which is first to screen such proposals, had recommended both projects for environmental clearance. It, however, also mentioned the violations, saying substantial work of the rehab component and partial work of the sales component at Orbit Grand had been completed.
SEAC asked SEIAA to initiate action after due verification.
The committee, which hears proposals for projects over 20,000 square metres, also observed that while there were wide roads on two sides of the building, the other two sides provided inadequate access — 1.5 and 3
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