NGT extends stay order on steel flyover project by 4 weeks

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-11-25 19:40 Bengaluru: The National Green Tribunal (NGT), South Zone, Chennai, extended the stay on the controversial steel flyover project of the Karnataka government by four more weeks.The petition against the flyover was filed by the NGO Citizens' Action Forum and former additional chief secretary V Balasubramanian, on Oct 28, 2016, on the grounds that the project didn't have the required environmental clearance. The tribunal issued a four-week stay on Nov 3, 2016 barring the BDA from going ahead with construction, and sought details on the environmental clearance for the flyover.On Friday, when the issue came up for hearing, the state government urged the NGT to vacate the stay but the court refused. Advocate General Madhusudhan R Naik said, “We asked for vacating the stay and dismiss the petition on the grounds that environmental clearance was not required for the project. The NGT refused to vacate the stay. Instead, the court extended the stay order for four more weeks. We have also asked some more time to file the response citing the ongoing winter session of the legislature at Belagavi.”The petitioners had submitted to the tribunal that the project should not be allowed because alternative routes to the airport were available, which the government should explore.According to reports, there is speculation that the BDA is planning to approach the Supreme Court, arguing that the NGT had no jurisdiction to hear the petition against the flyover.