As the work of Koradi Pilgrimage and Tourism Development Project has started, yet another controversy follows it.
This ambitious project by Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule has been the talk of the town since it was pitched.
About the Project:
The project includes conservation of the lake followed by construction of an amusement park, theme park, multimedia laser show, musical fountain, museum, auditorium, toy train, interpretation centre, adventure sports, water sports, zip lining, go carting, hot air balloon, rock climbing, rope line, children play area, fish aquarium, yatra maidan in the vicinity.
This project was to be executed during the month of October, when the Koradi Mahotsav takes place. Bawankule even announced that CM Devendra Fadnavis will be performing the Bhoomi Poojan of the site.
According to the sources of NIT (Nagpur Improvement Trust) the October plan was scrapped because when CM’s office wrote to NIT asking for a report on the project, the NIT informed that the land on which works are to be undertaken is not in NIT's name. NIT sources added that the project also does not have environmental clearance.
The current status of the project:
Though there were many problems with the project, NIT has commenced work without obtaining the mandatory environment clearance (EC) and consent to establish from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB). Bawankule held a review of the project on Monday. NIT officials informed that work on the project had started.
Speaking about it, NIT sources told,
"Works cannot begin before obtaining consent to establish from MPCB that comes after obtaining EC. Project cannot be environment friendly if kicked-off prior to EC. Various conditions related to environment conservation are prescribed in EC on the basis of the project's Environment Impact Assessment (EIA)," source said.
As of now, Bawankule has not commented on this issue. However, we hope that Bawankule and NIT show some patience towards the state authorities before further developing the project.
Information source: timesofindia
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