SC stalls Tatas housing project near Chandigarh

Written by Indu Bhan | Indu Bhan | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 8 2013, 09:02am hrs
In a setback to the Tata Camelot Housing Project that falls in the Sukhna catchment area, the Supreme Court on Monday stalled the construction activity on the R2,000-crore controversial multi-strorey housing apartments project coming up near Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh.

A bench headed by Justice RM Lodha while issuing notice to the Centre, the Punjab government and others has asked Tatas to maintain status quo on all respects including seeking environmental and other clearances.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court in August had cleared decks for the housing project after vacating its earlier order. The HC had clarified that its earlier order of March 2012, staying all kind of construction in the forest and catchment area in the vicinity of Sukhna Lake, is not operative on Tatas housing project.

The controversial multi-crore Tata Camelot Housing Project, being developed by Tata Housing Company and Hash builders, has been proposed on 53 acre of land, which would have around 2,000 flats in 19 buildings ranging between 12 and 30 storeys. The proposed cost of the two bedroom flats is around Rs one crore and the three-bedroom flats is Rs 1.5 crore. Besides, raising various technical issues, senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi, on behalf of Tata, argued the company had got all the clearances for the project.

However, Senior counsel PS Patwalia and CA Sundaram, appearing for the petitioners, argued no commercial exploitation of the lake and its environment should be allowed.