Bengaluru: The 65-Km peripheral ring road project in Bengaluru connecting Tumakuru Road to Hosur Road via Ballari Road and Old Madras Road by the Karnataka government has been stayed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
According to the NGT, the environmental clearance given to the Bengaluru Development Authority five years ago will not be relevant now.
Apart from this, the NGT noted that there was an error committed with regard to the number of trees to be felled and the impact of possible leakage of petroleum pipeline which was not considered earlier.
Justice Adarsh Goel, heading the bench, noted that the project will not proceed with the environmental clearance granted on November 20, 2014.
The order passed by the NGT last month has overturned the plans of the state government to construct a eight-lane project estimated at Rs 17,313 Crore to decongest the city. The project was to connect the 4 national highways and 5 state highways.
The environmental clearance issue was taken up in the NGT on April 15, 2015 following which the project was stayed. The bench noted that the stay remains in operation since last four years.
A plea against the Karnataka State's Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Authority and others was filed in the NGT by Sudhakar Hegde and others.
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