Mantri submits report to green tribunal in Bellandur Lake case

Mantri submits report to green tribunal in Bellandur Lake case

Mantri Techzone Private Limited submitted an affidavit before the National Green Tribunal on March 19 in a case relating to Bellandur Lake.

The builder has submitted its compliance report in the affidavit as demanded by the petitioners and the tribunal, which is hearing Case number 224/2014 on the endangered lake. Mantri noted in the affidavit that no construction activities have been taken up in the area following the May 12, 2016, Supreme Court order and that it has maintained status quo.

The company also said it cannot take up construction since the State Environmental Impact Assessment Authority-Karnataka cancelled environmental clearances to the project and has directed it not to carry out any construction on the site.

Regarding the cumulative quantity of earth excavated for the project construction - which obstructed the natural flow of water from the Agara Lake side to Bellandur Lake - the company said the hillock-like structure has been removed under the supervision of officials from the Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority.

On building the garland drain that results in the overflow of rajakaluves (stormwater drains) around Bellandur Lake, the company said the remaining part of the directions can be carried out only when the construction begins.

The company also said it found no mention of kharab land when the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) handed over the land for the project.

The one-acre, two-gunta land identified by the Revenue Department should be demarcated and maintained as a green belt.

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