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Stay stands in way of clearance for IIT-M construction

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The State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) on Friday told the National Green Tribunal (NGT) it was unable to proceed with post-facto environment clearance to constructions on the IIT-Madras campus.

The reason for this was an interim stay granted by the same tribunal in a different case.

The NGT bench was hearing an application filed by activist E. Seshan against buildings being constructed on the campus, an ecologically-sensitive area adjoining Guindy National Park, by felling a large number of trees.

A fortnight ago, NGT’s southern bench, comprising Justice M. Chockalingam and expert member R. Nagendran, directed SEIAA to speed up the process of assessing the environmental impact of the constructions and that of considering the environment clearance based on merits.

On Friday, the counsel for SEIAA said the vacation bench of NGT, in a separate case, had granted an interim stay on an office memorandum that empowered the authority to process post-facto applications for completed projects. As per the orders, the stay would be in force till August 5.

“IIT-M had also submitted a similar (for post-facto clearance) application on July 11 for its buildings. Though SEIAA is holding a meeting on May 31, it cannot be considered as the stay is in force,” said the counsel.

The NGT bench adjourned the case to August 5.

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