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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fwd: [initiative-india] Press Release: NAPM condemns clean chit to Lavasa by MoEF



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Clean Chit to Law-Breaker Lavasa is  a Blot on

India's Democracy and Environmentalism

 

November 14th, 2011: Post-facto Green signal to Phase-I of Lavasa by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) given on the November 9th is a blot on the democratic process and a shockingly dangerous precedent in the history of environmental action in India. MoEF's improper action has infact sent shock-waves to eco-activists within the country and also across the world. Although it is not the first time in the long history of Indian Environmental clearance regime that political highhandedness has been used to subvert rule of law and the ends of justice, this case is unique since the clearance has disregarded well established evidence based on facts collected by no other than the MoEF itself. It is surprising that the Ministry's decision has come in the wake of the case filed by the Maharashtra government against 15 persons including promoters of Lavasa Corporation for alleged violations of the Environment Protection Act (EPA), while the Maharashtra Chief Minister on the other hand has recommended that Lavasa be considered for environmental clearance, exposes the double standards of the state government.

 

It may not be over-exaggerated to state that some sections of the Ministry also are hand-in-glove with the Hindustan Construction Company (HCC). It is common knowledge that the HCC Director Mr. Ajit Gulabchand is a close aide of Mr. Sharad Pawar (NCP Supremo) and hence Lavasa, a subsidiary of HCC has always been the 'dream project' of Mr. Pawar and his allies. NAPM has been at the forefront of unearthing and challenging the plethora of illegalities indulged in by Lavasa since the beginning and has also published several documents, substantiating how the Corporation has been favoured by the Maharashtra Government, over and above the law. It was due to the initiative of the affected villagers, especially the tribal people and NAPM that the matter was brought to the light and the Maharashtra Government as well as the MoEF had to take note of the seriousness of the issue.

 

We are also extremely aghast since the recent 'clearance' comes after all after all long-drawn processes leading to undisputed conclusion by the Ministry itself that Lavasa has violated the Environment Protection Act 1986 and numerous other environmental norms. There is infact, no such provision under law and the EP Act wherein any project can obtain 'Post- Facto' clearance. It has also been proved beyond any iota of doubt that the company went ahead with the 'development' work at Lavasa in 2004 on the basis of environment clearance granted by the Maharashtra government, while in fact the state government has no legal authority to grant environment clearance to a project of such magnitude, with enormous implications on the fragile eco-system in the Western Ghats.

 

It is true that both the state government and HCC tried to disguise their malignant intentions of overriding Union laws under the cover of the Hill Station Development Act, 1996. One also wonders as how could have the state Government misled the company to evade the central clearance, whilst it the former is expected to be the guardian the law of the land. The present clearance is also starkly inconsistent with the Ministry's stop work orders issued in November, 2010 which had accused the Corporation of suppressing crucial facts and violating environmental norms. It observed that out of the total land of 2,000 hectares, construction on 47.30 hectare was undertaken at a height of 1000 meters above the sea level, even though the permission was for less than 1000 meters.

 

Further, Lavasa has been also found guilty of taking up construction in the hills, hill slopes and river bed by violating norms of permissible construction, the Maharashtra Krishna Valley Development Corporation (MKVDC) land meant for 'public purpose' was allegedly allotted to Lavasa, the company has misused global FSI permission, constructed private dam in the reservoir and diverted its waters for private use, indulged in felling of lakhs of tress and has brutalized the harmonious ecology of the Moshe Khore valley.

 

Numerous reports have also established that the Company has been guilty of illegal land transfers, fraud committed on farmers and adivasis, usurpation of lands grated to landless under the Land Ceiling Act. The Maharashtra Government has to take cognizance of all these and initiate prompt legal action against the Company. While on one hand, the Chief Minister himself has accepted that the Company has misused the 'Special Planning Authority' status wrongly conferred upon it by the state government and on the other, he has proceeded to recommend that the project be given green signal for the first phase of its work, all of which exposes the dichotomy of the political class, with a vested interest in the Project and its proponents.

 

In this context, we fully condemn and refute the legally untenable decision of MoEF in the case of Lavasa. It is indeed an act of shame that the MoEF must buckle under pressure from corporate big wigs like Lavasa, in a country which has witnessed glorious green politics and environmental activism through the Silent valley, Chipko, Narmada Bachao and other movements, widening the horizon of ecological justice and raising the concerns of project affected families and communities as well.  All this establishes the clear lack of political will in conserving nature and the nature-based communities. It is unfortunate and unacceptable that one private Company can pressurize both the Centre and the State to overlook all its illegalities and give 'clearance' to commit further illegalities. Given the graving of the entire issue, we demand that no less than a CBI inquiry at this stage would be necessary to bring all the facts to light and the culprits to book.

 

It is also quite notable that the Hon'ble High Court on a series of earlier hearings and especially on the last date of hearing on 22nd October, 2011 had stated that it would consider the various public interest petitions filed by NAPM and other concerned citizens and groups before delivering its final judgement. We hope the Hon'ble Court would take note of the improper and illegal manner in which the State has dealt with the issue and issue appropriate orders.

 

As a central sanctioning and monitoring authority, accountable to the Parliament and beyond it, the People, the Ministry, we expect, will reconsider its decision, not on politics, but on merits and revoke the clearance for the Phase-I. The Ministry also has its own credibility at stake, if it chooses to ignore crucial and incriminating evidence against the Lavasa Corporation. NAPM, along with the affected people and all its comrades having stake in the eco-well-being of the Mose river valley will rally for the cause, both on the ground and in the Court. Lavasa, an offender has to pay the costs of its illegalities, it deserves no pardon and no patronage.

 

Lavasa is also another crucial litmus test for democratic fabric and future of the country. At a time when, 'corruption' has become the catch word of the Indian Middle Class and Political Establishment, we shall wait and see if they will stand up to speak out against the criminal and corrupt acts of the Lavasa Corporation.

 

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 लवासा कंपनीला पर्यावरण मंत्रालयाची परवानगी म्हणजे

राजकारणाची कायद्यावर मात!

लवासा कंपनीवर "विश्वासार्ह कारवाई" करण्यासाठी उच्च न्यायालयाने महाराष्ट्र शासनाला दिलेल्या २ आठवड्यांच्या मुदतीच्या पार्श्वभूमीवर महाराष्ट्र शासनाने पुणे येथील सत्र न्यायालयात मुख्य न्यायदंडाधिकारी यांच्या कोर्टात लवासा कंपनीविरुद्ध फौजदारी गुन्हे दाखल करणे आणि "झाली कारवाई" म्हणत, लवासा कंपनीने अन्य अटी पूर्ण केलेल्या असल्याचे शिफारसपत्र देत महाराष्ट्राच्या मुख्यमंत्र्यांनी केंद्रीय पर्यावरण मंत्रालयाकडेच लवासा कंपनीला पहिल्या टप्प्याला परवानगी देण्याची विनंती करणे व त्यानंतर पर्यावरणीय मंत्रालयाने देखील तत्परतेने लवासा कंपनीच्या पहिल्या टप्प्याला 'सशर्त' मंजुरी देणे हे सर्वच कायदे व न्यायप्रक्रियेशी खेळ करण्यासारखे आहे. दरम्यान, लवासा कंपनीचे अध्यक्ष अजित गुलाबचंद यांनी "या प्रकरणी पंतप्रधानांनी हस्तक्षेप करावा" अशी मागणी जाहीरपणे करणे, लवासा हे ज्यांचे 'ड्रीम प्रोजेक्ट' आहे त्या शरद पवारांनी पंतप्रधान, सोनिया गांधी यांच्या भेटी घेणे, त्याच दिवशी महाराष्ट्राच्या मुख्यमंत्र्यांनी दिल्लीमध्ये शरद पवार, सोनिया गांधी, पर्यावरण मंत्री जयंती नटराजन यांच्या भेटी घेणे व त्यानंतर लगेच वरील शिफारस प्रसिध्दीमाध्यमांकडेही करणे आणि त्यानंतर अजित गुलाबचंदांनी पंतप्रधानांचे आभार मानणे या सर्वांतून या निर्णयामागचे राजकीय प्रभावदबाव स्पष्ट दिसतात. आपणच ज्या कंपनीवर गुन्हे दाखल करतो त्याच कंपनीला क्लीन चीट देण्याची शिफारस त्या दाव्याचा निकालही लागण्यापूर्वीच देणे व केंद्र सरकारनेही ती देणे यामागे अन्यथा काय तर्कशास्त्र आहे? हे म्हणजे, "मी मारल्यासारखे करतो, तू रडल्यासारखे कर" असे झाले.

वस्तुत: ज्या कंपनीने केंद्रीय पर्यावरण मंत्रालयाच्या पूर्वपरवानगीशिवाय तब्बल २००० हेक्टर जमिनीवर केलेले सर्वच बांधकाम हे बेकायदा आहे, व ज्या पर्यावरण संरक्षण कायदा १९८६ च्या आधारे उच्च न्यायालयामध्ये हा वाद चालू आहे, त्यामध्ये अशा बांधकामाला कायदेशीर करण्याची कुठलीही तरतूद नाही. जे बांधकाम केले गेले ते देखील हिल स्टेशन पॉलिसीचे सरसहा उल्लंघन करत झालेले असल्याची असंख्य उदाहरणे देता येतील. मुळात हिल स्टेशन पॉलिसीच्या नियमांना ओलांडत खुद्द महाराष्ट्र शासनाकडूनच अनेक सवलती या कंपनीला देण्यात आल्या, त्या कशासाठी? जसे, ग्लोबल एफएसआय, १:३ इतक्या तीव्र उतारावर बांधकामास परवानगी, जलाशयापासून ५० मीटरवर बांधकामास परवानगी वगैरे. इतक्या सवलती मिळूनही या कंपनीने त्यांचेही उल्लंघन करत आपले बांधकाम मनमानी पद्धतीने केले हे खुद्द नगरविकास खात्यानेच दाखवून दिले आहे. त्याचबरोबर, प्रच्छन्नपणे केलेली डोंगरांची कत्तल, लाखोंच्या संख्येने वृक्षांची तोड, जलाशयात सोडलेले सांडपाणी, जलाशयात बांधलेले खासगी बंधारे व त्याद्वारे अडवलेले पाणी, जलाशयात घातलेले भराव इत्यादी मुद्यांची दखल केंद्र शासनाच्या पर्यावरणीय खात्याच्या तज्ज्ञ समितीने घेतलेली असताना, आपल्या अहवालात नोंदवलेली असताना या सर्व बाबींकडे साफ दुर्लक्ष करत, या, मनमानी पद्धतीने, कायदे तोडत आपले काम पुढे रेटणाऱ्या कंपनीला अशाप्रकारे परवानगी देण्यातून "गुन्हे करा आणि दंड भरून सुटा" असा एक अत्यंत वाईट पायंडा पडण्याची शक्यता आहे याची सर्वांनीच दखल घेतली पाहिजे. १७ जानेवारी २०११ च्या आदेशामध्ये उल्लेखलेल्या अटीदेखील आत्ता पातळ का करण्यात आल्या, ज्या अटी मान्य करता येणार नाहीत असे लवासा कंपनीने न्यायालयापुढे सांगितले होते, त्या अटी गायब झाल्या की लवासा कंपनीची क्षमता वाढली, याचा खुलासा झाला पाहिजे.  एका बाजूला लवासा कंपनीला देण्यात आलेल्या स्पेशल प्लॅनिंग अॅथॉरिटीचा गैरवापर झालेला असल्याचे मान्य करत ती काढून घेण्याचे संकेत मुख्यमंत्री देतात व त्याच वेळी तिला नियमितही करण्याची शिफारस करतात हे अनाकलनीय आहे.

या सर्व प्रकारात कायद्याची ज्याप्रकारे मोडतोड करण्यात आलेली आहे, ती गंभीर आहे. कुठलेही नोटीफिकेशन वा ऑफिस मेमोरेंडम हे कायद्याला ओलांडून जाऊ शकत नाही. कायदा करणे ही एक संवैधानिक प्रक्रिया आहे. मात्र तिला गुंडाळून ठेवत १६ नोव्हेंबर २०१० च्या ज्या ऑफिस मेमोरेंडमच्या आधारे असे बेकायदेशीर बांधकाम नियमित करण्याची तरतूद करण्यात आली आहे, ती लोकशाही संकेतांचा भंग करणारी आहे. याच ऑफिस मेमोरेंडमच्या आधारे हे सर्व बेकायेशीर काम नियमित करण्याचे आता घाटते आहे, याचा आम्ही तीव्र निषेध करतो.

या पर्यावरणीय मुद्यापलीकडेही इतर अनेक गंभीर मुद्दे आहेत, ज्याची नोंद घेत महाराष्ट्र शासनानेच कारवाई करणे आवश्यक होते व आहे. जसे, जमीन व्यवहारात झालेल्या अनियमितता शेतकऱ्यांची फसवणूक, अॅग्रीकल्चरल लँड सीलिंग अॅक्टअंतर्गत भूमिहीनांना मिळालेल्या जमिनी हडपणे, आदिवासींच्या जमिनी बळकावणे, कृष्णा खोरे विकास महामंडळाची 'सार्वजनिक हिता'च्या प्रकल्पासाठी संपादित करण्यात आलेली जमीन व तिच्यावरचा जलाशयही गिळंकृत करणे यासह, स्पेशल प्लॅनिंग अॅथॉरिटीचे झालेले उल्लंघन या सर्व बाबींवर महाराष्ट्र शासनानेच पुढाकार घेऊन चौकशी करणे आवश्यक व अपेक्षित होते. पण आता खुद्द महाराष्ट्र व केंद्र शासनही लवासाच्या दबावाला बळी पडलेले असल्याचे दिसत असून, आतातर ही चौकशी सीबीआयसारख्या तटस्थ प्रक्रियेद्वारे होण्याची गरज आहे, तशी आमची मागणी आहे.

आजवरच्या प्रत्येक सुनवाईत, व २२ ऑक्टोबरच्या अगदी अलीकडच्या सुनवाईतही, या संदर्भातील अन्य सर्व पीआयएल (यामध्ये जनआंदोलनांच्या राष्ट्रीय समन्वयासह अन्य संघटनांच्या प्रतिनिधींनी दाखल केलेल्या पीआयएलचाही समावेश आहे) व रिट पिटीशनची दखल घेऊन मगच निर्णय घेतला जाईल असे मा. उच्च न्यायालयाने स्पष्ट केले आहे. त्यानुसार आमची बाजू व भूमिका देखील न्यायालय निर्णय देण्यापूर्वी समजून घेईल व केंद्र सरकारने दिलेल्या या परवानगीवर योग्य तो निर्णय देईल अशी आम्हाला आशा आहे.

या सर्व घडामोडींकडे भारतीय जनतेने देखील सजगपणे पहावे व प्रतिक्रिया द्यावी अन्यथा अशाच तऱ्हेने सारे डोंगर, साऱ्या नद्या, सारी जंगले फस्त होतील; तेथे राहणारे समाजसमूह उद्ध्वस्त होतील; कायद्यांना बेदखल केले जाईल व लोकशाहीचे केवळ कलेवर शिल्लक राहील असा साधार धोका आहे. असे झाले तर मग आपल्याला इतिहास माफ करणार नाही असे आवाहन या निमित्ताने भरतीय जनतेसही करावेसे वाटते.

 

मेधा पाटकर                       सुनीती सु.र.                   डॉ. विश्वंभर चौधरी 


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