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The encroachment menace: Developers flouting norms? Here's what experts have to say

Updated : February 07, 2019 11:37 PM IST

Last month, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to launch prosecution and issue directions for closure of Ansal Properties and Infrastructure Ltd's Sushant Lok-Phase I residential complex in Gurgaon for violation of environmental norms.

The green panel also directed the apex pollution monitoring body to exercise its statutory power to determine and recover the damages from the project proponent as per the procedure prescribed under the Air Act and the Water Act.

Construction rules governing the city say 45 percent of any residential colony must be left for greens spaces, roads and public utilities. In the case of Sushant Lok, the builder Ansal API - has been charged with the encroachment of green areas, illegal extraction of ground water and dumping of untreated sewerage into storm water drains.

CNBC-TV18 caught up with experts to discuss how rampant are such violations in India's growing cities and how can builders get away with such day-light robbery, unless there is collusion with the state planning authorities.
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