Mumbai The Maharashtra government is likely to file an environmental violation case against Hindustan Construction Company

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh isn't bothered how industry looks at him. He's here to enforce green laws.

The Pune district administration will issue notices to Lavasa Corporation Limited and others after 10 adivasi farmers on Tuesday staked their claim to get back their land which had been transferred to the Lavasa hill city project.

The Maval sub divisional officer (SDO), Sanjay Patil, held a hearing attended by the 10 farmers.

A non-governmental organisation (NGO) has objected to the locus standi of the Lavasa Corporation Ltd inviting suggestions and objections from citizens to the draft development proposals of Lavasa Hill Station (LHS).

Civic activist Sujit Patwardhan has objected to the authority of Lavasa Planning Authority Committee (LPAC) for preparing such a proposal and filed objections on behalf of the NGO,

The environment ministry

Rejecting the demand for withdrawal of the environmental clearance given to the Jaitapur power plant, environment minister Jairam Ramesh accused the Shiv Sena of politicising this issue and of whipping up public opinion against the setting up of the plant.

Mr Ramesh stressed that

Independent India’s first hill city has jeopardised the ecology of the Sahyadri Hills. Its developer and political patrons bent rules and circumvented environmental law while building it. Resultant landslides could endanger the city. Read this special report published in DownTo Earth. 

Project finance deals have to reckon with environmental and related issues too.
In the last decade or so, a number of companies or projects in India have either been shut down temporarily or permanently, or have been heavily penalised as a result of adverse environmental and social impacts.

Some of the projects highlighted in the news recently include Lavasa Housing, Vedanta Aluminium, Dhamra

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) on Wednesday granted

Mumbai: The ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) told the Bombay high court on Wednesday that it accepted a March 3 recommendation by the expert appraising committee to permit completion of 257 buildings in Lavasa subject to several stringent conditions.
Lavasa Corporation in turn said it wanted to withdraw its petition against the MoEF, questioning its jurisdiction.