NGT Issues Interim Stay on expansion of Foreshore Estate Road

The Southern bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) has passed an interim order restraining the Chennai corporation from widening the Foreshore Estate Road along Marina Beach.

Last year in August, the civic body had decided to widen 14 busy stretches of roads, including portions of Santhome High Road. The locations were identified from the Second Master Plan of the city. A private consultant was roped in for the project and also finalize the land plan schedule.

In his submissions before the tribunal, S Venkatesh of T Nagar said the corporation was carrying out “illegal widening” of the road. The project, said the petitioner, was in contravention of the provisions of the Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) Notification, 2011, and detrimental to the beach eco-systems. Besides, it would severely damage the environment.

“The Chennai corporation has excavated, encroached into the sea shore and has leveled the surface for approximately 2.5 meters on the seaward side,” the petition told the green panel. Venkatesh said the site where the road was being laid was within 35 meters from the sea and closer to the high tide line. Also, it was a turtle nesting area, he said in the application. Further, the construction was in violation of the board of revenue’s standing orders.

A bench of judicial member Justice M Chockalingam and expert member R Nagendran on Friday granted the interim injunction postponing the matter for further hearing to March 24.

A plea before the green tribunal said the project was detrimental to the beach eco-system and would damage the environment

– Times of India, 21st March 2015 – Read the article here – NGT Issues Interim Stay on expansion of Foreshore Estate Road 

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