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Appeal against NGT verdict: Hearing deferred in SC

Shimla, Aug 22

The hearing against the NGT verdict on Tuesday has been deferred in the Supreme Court. The case, titled “State of Himachal Pradesh vs Yogendra Mohan Sengupta & another,” was scheduled for a hearing on Tueday before a division bench consisting of Justice B.R. Gavai and Justice JB Pardiwala. However, Justice Gavai was absent from the bench on that day. The matter has now been rescheduled for a hearing on August 29 or a later date, as indicated in the Supreme Court’s computerized order.

The State of Himachal Pradesh had filed a Civil Appeal in 2019 seeking to overturn the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) verdict from 2017, which was issued based on an application submitted by Yogendra Mohan Sengupta. In an earlier decision, the Supreme Court had permitted the publication of the Shimla Development Plan by the state of Himachal Pradesh. However, the state was restrained from implementing the plan until authorized by the court.

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It’s important to note that the NGT verdict had imposed restrictions on new constructions in the core and heritage zones, prohibiting high-rise structures and new construction in those areas. Similarly, new constructions in other parts of the Shimla Planning area were limited to a maximum of two and a half floors (attic). The Town and Country Planning department and the Shimla Municipal Corporation were allowed to authorize new constructions after obtaining prior permission or consent from a supervisory expert committee appointed by the NGT since November 2017.


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