Government directs Cidco to take action against Bhumiraj Builders in Parsik Hill cutting case
Publish on : 2023-05-12 12:17:26
On Thursday, the environment department filed an affidavit stating that a joint inspection found that the Bhumiraj Builders has cut a PCC pathway with lawn plantation and placed big plant pots, constructed a 50 meter gibbon wall, a concrete platform and erected a hoarding in violation of the leave and license agreement with Cidco.
NAVI MUMBAI: The state environment department has directed Cidco to act against the builder in connection with Parsik Hill slope cutting issue for violating environment norms.
Meanwhile, Cidco has yet again skipped its date with the State Human Rights Commission (HRC) in the case during a hearing held on Thursday. The HRC was conducting hearing into the matter after taking a suo motu note of media reports based on complaints filed by NatConnect Foundation and Parsik Greens. The greens have stated that the slope was being cut under the guise of plantation and beautification.
On Thursday, the environment department filed an affidavit stating that a joint inspection found that the Bhumiraj Builders has cut a PCC pathway with lawn plantation and placed big plant pots, constructed a 50 meter gibbon wall, a concrete platform and erected a hoarding in violation of the leave and license agreement with Cidco. The inspection was carried out on November 11, 2022 by the officials of Cidco, MPCB, NMMC, Forest Department and the police.
The affidavit was signed by Dattatrey Bhalerao, Scientist and Under Secretary in the State Department of Environment and Climate Change.
As part of the affidavit, Bhalerao attached his latest letter dated May 3 to Cidco managing director asking the latter to take action against the builder within seven days. A team of Cidco officials informed HRC that the senior counsel had to rush to the High Court for some other matter.
The HRC had earlier “strongly deprecated” the lethargy and apathy on the part of the Cidco managing director as NMMC pointed out that the top official’s office has not responded to the civic body’s report on the violations of the agreement which stipulated that the builder was supposed to carry out only plantation on the hill and not dig or cut it.
The HRC now allowed Bhumiraj Builders to file an affidavit explaining its stand on the issue. The NMMC has earlier suggested in its affidavit that the builder should also be made a party to the proceedings at the Commission. The builder in his response to CIDCO has denied any wrongdoing and all eyes are on his detailed affidavit with the HRC. Meanwhile, the hoarding of the builder has been removed after HRC began hearing.