Chennai: Decks have been cleared for the construction of a multi-super specialty hospital (MSSH) at Omant­hurar Estate with the national green tribunal giving its nod to the state government to proceed with its pet project subject to fulfilling certain conditions.

The NGT bench comprisi Justice M. Chockalingam and expert member Prof. R. Nagendran disposed of an appeal filed by advocate R. Veeramani who challenged the envir­onmental clearance given by the State- Level Environmental Impa­ct Assessment Autho­rity (SEIAA) to covert the New Legislative Assembly buil­d­­ing into a multi-super specialty hospital at Oman­thurar Estate.

Directing Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board to include nine more conditions in addition to the one imposed by the SEIAA as mandatory conditions, the bench made it clear that there was nothing to compromise in the matters relating to environment and therefore cautioned the TNPCB to issue the ‘Consent to Operate’ only after carrying out a detailed inspection of the MSSH after it was established and fully satisfying itself of the compliance of all the terms and conditions.

The bench said the contention of the appellant that the complex should not be used for any purpose except for the conduct of Assembly could not be countenanced in view of the decision of the high court whereby the request of the appellant to resume the building was rejected.

The policies of the government to not use the said complex for the purpose of legislative assembly and also to convert it into MSSH have been upheld by the Madras high court.

Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle