“Not Averse” To Sustainable Development But…: Supreme Court Tells Goa


Supreme Courtroom mentioned it’s towards these politicians who use the courtroom orders for “unscrupulous purposes”.

New Delhi: 

The Supreme Courtroom on Friday advised the Goa authorities that it isn’t averse to “sustainable development” however forest cowl shouldn’t be destroyed at any price.

The authorities can not “destroy” Goa simply because it has a forest cowl above the nationwide common, the highest courtroom mentioned.

It additionally acknowledged that it’s towards these politicians who use the courtroom orders for “unscrupulous purposes”.

“We are with you for sustainable development but it is not that you will destroy the forest cover. We will not allow you to cut even a single tree,” a bench of justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta advised Solicitor Basic Tushar Mehta.

Mr Mehta advised the bench that Goa has a forest cowl of round 62 per cent, which is way above the nationwide common.

“So does that give you the right to destroy it?,” the bench mentioned, including, “You are lucky to have this forest cover. Our request is that do not destroy it”.

Mr Mehta advised the courtroom that they don’t need to destroy the forest cowl in any respect and he was not searching for permission to chop any tree in Goa.

The bench was listening to an software searching for modification of the February four, 2015 order of the highest courtroom handed in a matter associated to Goa.

The highest courtroom order had directed that authorities in Goa wouldn’t concern “no objection certificate” for conversion of any plot “that has natural vegetation with tree canopy density in excess of 0.1 and an area above one hectare”.

In the course of the arguments on Friday, Mr Mehta mentioned if this order would stand then authorities in Goa wouldn’t have any space for growth.

“What development? You want to destroy Goa also. Yesterday, we were told that Pachmarhi (in Madhya Pradesh) has gone,” the bench mentioned.

“If you come here for any particular project, we are not averse to it,” the bench mentioned, including that “we are against politicians who use our orders for unscrupulous purposes”.

Mr Mehta advised the bench that the applying needs to be heard after which the highest courtroom listed it for listening to on September 23.

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