The Raheja’s controversial housing project at Carmona has hit another road block with the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) ruling that a comprehensive and independent Environment Impact Assessment study is warranted of its project.
SSEIAA Member Secretary Michael D’Souza has conveyed to the builders that prior environmental clearance cannot be granted for the project unless a comprehensive EIA addressing all location specific issues is undertaken first.
Besides the EIA should also address issues of solid waste management, water/power requirement and availability, land/water/air pollution, post project management, optimum use of natural resources, said D’Souza.
It was also noted that the builders have carried out huge excavations in no development zones under the Coastal Regulation Zone besides raising questions over the two huge pipes laid underground which are claimed to be storm water drains.
The SEIAA also noted that mangroves along the river bank have been destroyed and wondered whether this was to reclaim the land in future which, it said, would result in narrowing the river and causing further problems.