Mulshi Ecological Site admin
Green hurdle for Mulshi hill station
The proposed new hill station in Mulshi taluka in Pune district is headed for the long haul, with the state green panel unlikely to clear the project any time soon.
The State Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC) that scrutinises mega construction projects for environment clearance has once again deferred the go ahead to the Rs2,000-crore hill station and has asked project developers to get a new Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study done. In a meeting held on November 7, the SEAC asked the project developer, Maharashtra Valley View Private Limited, to revise their EIA study as its present report did not confirm with the general guidelines laid down by the ministry.
The panel in the minutes of the November meeting said that EIA study should cover an area with a 10-km radius from the boundary of the project. This revised study will take around 5 to 6 months. The panel also reiterated that the proposed project area is in Mulshi taluka, which has been designated as an eco-sensitive zone in the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP) report.