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Wednesday , January 16 , 2013
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Fresh draft for green nod

Jan. 15: Dispur today said it was preparing a fresh application to secure environment clearance for the three-storied new Assembly complex from the ministry of environment and forests.

Sources in the PWD, which is executing the Rs 230-crore project, told The Telegraph that the department has made the changes which were recommended by the ministry.

The PWD’s first application for the green nod was rejected by an expert panel of the ministry because the department had not sought its approval before starting the project.

It is mandatory to do so.

“We should have secured the approval beforehand. We have, however, made a commitment to include the green building concept in the newly developed infrastructure,” a senior official said.

The project, construction of which got under way in May 2011, is scheduled for completion in March 2014, but it may miss the deadline by a few months.

“We will complete the building by December as construction has picked up of late after we took steps to tie up loose ends,” said a PWD official.

Environmental clearance for certain developmental projects has been made mandatory by the ministry through its notification issued on January 27, 1994, under the provisions of Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

The project will have a multi-level car-parking block along with allied facilities spread over a land belonging to state government under the control of general administration department, which has handed over the work to Assam Legislative Assembly. The total built up area for the proposed project will be 45,534.96 square metres.

The project authorities said the solid waste generated in the project area is domestic in nature.

The waste will be collected from designated locations in each floor and segregated into reusable waste and non-reusable waste by an authorised agency dealing in collection and disposal of garbage. The segregated solid waste will be disposed to municipal solid waste collection agencies.

The committee advised the project proponent, along with other suggestions, to provide a green belt of 3 metres all around the plot. During the construction phase, sewage will be treated and disposed through temporarily built septic tanks.

No wastewater will be discharged into municipal drain.

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