Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Lok Adalat seeks Sankey construction impact report

Building on Sankey tank bed: Impact report sought

The Lok Adalat has directed the BMP and LDA to submit a report about the possible impacts of a proposed building by Mantri Developers.

The Karnataka Lok Adalat has directed the State government to submit a report on what would be the effect on Sankey tank if the construction of a proposed multi-storeyed building on the tank-bed area is allowed.

A Bench comprising Justice P Vishwanatha Shetty of Karnataka High Court and Mr Yellappa Reddy directed the Lake Development Authority, the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike and other government agencies concerned to submit a report to the Adalat by September 8.

The Adalat was hearing the petitions questioning the construction of a proposed multi-storeyed building by M/s Mantri Developers for the M/s Gulf Oil Corporation Limited on the tank-bed area.

The Adalat has also asked the authorities to submit a report on the status of the land on which the proposed building has to be constructed.

During the hearing on the petition, the BMP has informed the Adalat that it had not sanctioned any plan for the proposed building. The BMP has also stated that it had directed M/s Mantri Developers to obtain a no objection certificate from the Ministry of Environment and Forests for the proposed project.

The BMP has also made it clear that it would take immediate action if attempts were made to construct any structure on the tank-bed area without obtaining permission from the authorities concerned.

The petitions before the Lok Adalat have alleged that construction of a building would cause water pollution and would deplete the ground water table.


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