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Nov 26, 2010 at 07:37pm IST

Govt stops construction work at Lavasa

New Delhi: The Environment Ministry on Friday issued a showcause notice to Lavasa Corporation to stop construction in the Lavasa township project for flouting environment norms.

The notice asks the Lavasa Corporation to reply to the notice within 15 days and stop all construction until then.

Lavasa being built in Maharshtra's Pune district is India's first planned hill city.

Lavasa has come under the scanner of the ministry of environment and forests after the developers went ahead with construction work without permission.

Construction has been made on hills above 1000 metres for which environmental clearance is required.

According to the showcause notice over 5 per cent of the total project cost has already been incurred without environmental clearance. The notice also says that changes were made in project during the first phase without getting permission.

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