At, Supreme Court of India
By, THE HONOURABLE CHIEF JUSTICE MR. S.H. KAPADIA & THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE SWATANTER KUMAR
For the Petitioner : Ms. Indira Jaisingh, ASG, Haris Beeran, Radha Shyam Jena, Advocates. For the Respondents: Ranjit Kumar, Sr. Advocates, P.B. Sahasranaman, P.U. Shailajan, K. Rajeev, C.S. Rajan, Sr. Advocate, G. Prakash, Advocates.
Taken on Board.
Having heard learned advocates on both sides, we hereby direct the Additional Director, Ministry of Environment and Forest, to issue notice to Respondent No.1-Society under Rule 4 of the Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986, within one week from today. On receipt of the notice, Respondent No.1-Society will file it?s reply within two weeks from the date of receipt of the notice. Within four weeks from today, the Additional Director, Ministry of Environment and Forest, will hear and dispose of the matter in accordance with law giving reasons.
Pending hearing and final disposal of the matter, Respondent No.1-Society will not commercially operate the park and will maintain status quo as far as construction is concerned. In this connection, we may clarify that, during the pendency of the matter, restaurants will not be allowed to operate and no eco-tourism will be allowed.
After the order is passed, it would be open to the parties to move the High
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Court in the pending writ petition. Subject to above, the special leave petition is disposed of.