Kochi, July 2 (): Robert Vadra and DLF have now put the Congress-led UDF ministry in a predicament as the Chief secretary has termed the construction on the waterfront as illegal.
DLF ‘s lawyer Nalini Chidambaram reached here yesterday. DLF Riverside located on the Chilavannoor river waterfront extensive 175 meters, a residential condominium spread over 5 acres, `almost floats on the backwaters’, says the official website.
DLF Riverside is close to IT park , CEZ and Smart City as well as the national highway. DLF was linked with Robert Vadra, Priyanka Gandhi’s husband for many land deals in Noida. It was during the LDF rule that DLF obtained many clearances from environmental board as it was situated near a river. Based on this, the Kochi Corporation gave the go-ahead. In a week’s time, the DLF would have handed over the keys. After the illegality surfaced, UDF handed over the matter to Chief Secretary.
As per Google maps in 2005 the place where DLF Riverside stands is a river and not just a waterfront. But today it has been filled with debris and sand to construct the building. Chief Secretary says that Mohanty additional Chief Secretary had erred in clearing the application. In his report, he said that within 15 days a panel consisting of environmental experts be constituted and that they would give a report.
Kerala environmental agency gave the clearance despite many departments giving a stop order. Last month the fire force gave a NOC overlooking the violations of specifications. The High Court had made adverse remarks on Kerala coastal regulation authority for having given clearance and ordered its construction being stopped but DLF got the go-ahead from Corporation.
The opposition has raised the issue in the Assembly and Revenue Minister has agreed to table the report with the Chief secretary today. CPI has asked as to why Congress was shivering about DLF and was it due to Robert Vadra link?
CPM said Robert Vadra’s link was keeping the government from demolishing the building. Nalini Chidambaram who is representing DLF linked with Robert Vadra and also as legal counsel with West Bengal Saradha chit scam has made it more mysterious.