The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) informed the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on June that the road-widening project of DLF and HUDA in Sectors 55-56 of Gurgaon, which is embroiled in controversy over cutting of trees, requires environmental clearance (EC).
A vacation bench of the NGT headed by Justice P Jyothimani directed the HSPCB to file an affidavit stating that the project, near National Highway 8, requires environmental clearance, after real estate major DLF claimed the pollution control board’s stand was ‘manifestly wrong in law’. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) held a fresh hearing on the petition filed by the residents of the National Media Centre, regarding the uprooting of several trees on their premises by HUDA and DLF to widen a sector road.
The Haryana Pollution Control Board informed the NGT that DLF-HUDA’s Sector Road Expansion needs Environment Clearance, which has not been sought so far. The counsel appearing for the HSPCB, the State of Haryana, and District Commissioner, Gurgaon, stated on record in the court that the entire project requires environment clearance which has not been taken yet.
He also said that no Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report from any competent authority was sought for or got done by either HUDA or DLF. The counsel admitted that there is a need for conducting the environment impact assessment.