New Delhi, Jul 1 (ILNS) The Supreme Court today refused to hear a petition seeking permission to allow entry of LPG/CNG/Electric Vehicles into the Matheran Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ) for essential goods and supplies.
The plea sought directions to quash the Notification dated February 4, 2003 by the Ministry of Envirnonment, Forests and Climate Change, by which Matheran (a hill Station in Maharashtra) was declared as Eco-Sensitive Zone and it banned plying of Vehicular traffic within the Matheran Municipal limits, except ambulance and fire engine.
A two-Judge Bench comprising Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice V Ramasubramanian observed that a similar petition is pending before the Bombay High Court.
“There is a matter pending in the High Court. We will give you liberty to approach the High Court. There will be multiple orders else,” the apex court observed.
Advocate Vivek Narayan Sharma, appearing for the petitioners, submitted, “Since September, 2020, the residents of Matheran are paying extra money. Please direct the High Court to take my matter urgently.”
To which, Justice V Ramasubramanian remarked on a lighter note, “It is like you want the child to be named even before the marriage is performed.”
The Bench then dismissed the petition as withdrawn with liberty to approach the High Court.
The petitioner also sought interim relief in nature of a permit to LPG/CNG/Electric Vehicles to enter Matheran ESZ daily for supply of Essential Goods, thereby bringing ease and support into the lives of 30,000 residents of the area, who are currently facing a hard time due to the pandemic and the MoEF Notification.
The plea also submitted that Matheran being a hill station, all the revenue of the city and residents is solely dependent on tourism. Due to the recent pandemic and various measures issued in the country, there is no business/income for the residents of Matheran. The plea stated that there are around 6500 residents currently living in the Area, who are facing a severe financial crisis due to lack of business. ILNS/ABV/RJ/SNG