3rd phase construction of Technopark: SC reserves verdict
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its verdict on the petition that demanded stopping the construction of the third phase of Thiruvananthapuram Technopark. The petitioner was given three weeks time to submit evidences to prove that the construction was taking place on wetland.
Thomas Laurens approached the Supreme Court alleging that the third phase development of Technopark violated the 2008 Wetland Protection Act of the state and the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules of 2017.
However, Senior Advocate Vikas Singh and Standing Counsel, G Prakash, pointed out that the development work was done on a barren land.
The state government also stated that the District Collector had filed a report stating that the land used for construction, was not wetland. The report has not been legally questioned. The State also pointed out that the petitioner was trying to use a small pond, located 300 metres away from the Technopark, as evidence for the wetland.
However, Justice Rohinton Nariman pointed out that the ‘small pond’ had a width of 10 acres. But the state government responded that it was a government official from the agriculture department who stated that it was a 10-acre pond after visiting the place during monsoon.
Pinnakki Mishra, who appeared for Dragon Stone Realty and Winterfell Realty, stated that the construction of the third phase of Technopark was between the buildings of first and second phases.
Anitha Shenoy, who appeared for the petitioner, requested that the Wetland connected to Veli-Akkulam lake should be protected.