The firm is building a huge commercial complex near City Pride, Kothrud.
In a judgment on October 8, a five-member NGT special bench, led by its chairperson Justice A K Goel, gave 12 weeks (from the date of receipt of order) to the pollution regulators’ panel to come up with an apportionment of compensation and utilisation plan for the same. The bench held that “by combination of negligent acts, respondent no. 1 (Gokhale Landmarks) and respondent no. 2 (PMC) had caused environmental damage.” It said the two must be held jointly and severally responsible for such damage.
On February 10, 2021, an NGT-assigned joint inspection committee of the PMC and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) experts submitted a report stating that due to damage of trunk line and chamber (first on June 27, 2019, and later again on April 27, 2020), raw sewage had flown into Mutha river first for 86 days and later again for 115 days.
Architect Sarang Yadvadkar, one of the five applicants who moved the NGT in the matter, told TOI, “In terms of quantity, close to 20.24 millions of litre per day (MLD) or 2,024 tankers of untreated raw sewage is estimated to have flown per day into the nullah/river.”
Lawyer Manasi Joshi, who represented the MPCB, said on Friday, “The environmental compensation will be worked out on a per day violation basis for the 86 days and 115 days, in accordance with a formula laid down by the principal bench of the NGT in an earlier judgment.”
Lawyer Pralhad Paranjape, who represented Gokhale Landmarks, said, “As per our interpretation of the ruling, the NGT has accepted the fact that it is the PMC’s responsibility and duty to maintain the drainage and that it did not inform us (about the presence of sewage line at the time of giving NOC to the project).”