New Delhi: The Lavasa township project in Pune, which was disputed due to violating environment law, has been approved by the Union Environment Ministry.

Medha Patkar and other public organizations have condemned the approval saying, “It is unfortunate that despite the case is subjudiced in Bombay High Court, the Environment Ministry has given a go-ahead to it.”

On Wednesday, the Environment Ministry has approved its first stage by saying that in future this project must ensure that all environmental rules and regulations are followed.

The Environment Ministry has said that this permission was given on the basis of assessment done by an expert committee. Hence it is important that the company which is handling the Lavasa project should follow the conditions made by the committee.

Maharashtra Environment Minister Sachin Ahir hopes that there will not be any environment law’s violations in the second phase of Lavasa project and it will go forward smoothly.