MoEF set to take strong action against Lavasa

The Lavasa hill city project near Pune remains on shaky ground as the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) has found ''grave violations'' of environmental laws in its construction, and is likely to take strong against it.

Reports said the ministry has finalised its report on action against the project developers, and will submit it to the Bombay high court today.

It has come to the conclusion that the violations by Lavasa are of a serious nature, and it would be difficult to ignore them despite the fact that the entire project is at an advanced stage of completion.

The findings have been conveyed to the promoters of the mega project - Lavasa Corporation. They in turn have confirmed the receipt of the report but did not disclose the contents.

The Bombay high court had on 7 January granted an extension till 17 January to the ministry to take a final decision on its show-cause notice to the promoter of the project.

The extension was granted after the ministry informed the court that inspection of the site will get over on January 7 and a final decision can be taken only after a week.

The case may be heard on 27 January.