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Jan 20, 2011 at 01:35pm IST

Court stays Tata's housing project in Mohali

Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed a multi-tower, high-rise Camelot project of the Tata Housing Development Company (THDC) coming up in Mohali in the vicinity of Sukhna Lake of Chandigarh.

Since the Camelot project falls within the catchment area of the lake, an ecologically sensitive zone because of its proximity to Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh had asked for an inspection report.

The report will assess the distance of the Camelot site from the sanctuary and whether construction has begun at the site. The housing project proposes to build 18 multi-storey towers overlooking the lake.

There have been allegations that the Punjab government bent rules to give a go-ahead to the project since it has 102 Punjab politicians on board.

Opponents of the project cite environmental as well as aesthetic concerns. They say Chandigarh, designed by Le Corbusier, does not have any building which has more than three floors except government buildings.