Regulator’s order comes after builder blames civic body for project delays. In a first, Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA), which has the powers of a civil court, summoned officials from Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) in January to depose and submit evidence to decide complaints of delayed possession in connection with Green World project at Airoli on Thane-Belapur Road.
Officials from the Town Planning department of NMMC, which is the planningauthority, were called to verify if the delay in getting environment clearanceshappened at their office.
The developer argued that the delay was due to factors beyond their control and pointed out that the primary reason was the delay by the NMMC and the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SIEAA) in granting environmental clearances.
After hearing the arguments from both sides, and documents submitted, Singh felt it necessary to summon officers of Town Planning department of NMMC. The Assistant Director of Town Planning submitted a letter on January 11 confirming that the plot owners had submitted application for No Objection Certificate for CRZ-II to BMC on August 17, 2011, and the clearances were given on June 11, 2013 after a gap of one year and eight months. On the basis of this NOC, the SEIAA granted environmental clearance on July 30, 2013.