THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: On Thursday, in the matter of MK Salim v State of Kerala, The Supreme Court of India rejected a plea challenging construction of a LuLu Mall situated in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
The Bench comprises of CJI NV Ramana, Justices JK Maheshwari, and Hima Kohli observed that statutory authorities have already granted permission for the Construction of the LuLu Mall
The bench further observed that State Environmental Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) was competent to issue the clearance. In the PIL the petitioner has mentioned that the Encumbrance Certificate was granted without the authorities. To support his statement he mentioned that the current construction was of a building having a built-up area of 2.32 lakhs sq.m. However, according to the petitioner, the SEIAA had no authority to grant a clearance beyond 1.5 lakhs sq.m.
Further, he said that no pre-feasibility report was submitted to the authorities for this construction, and Kerala High Court failed to notice this. Senior Advocates Mukul Rohatgi, V Giri, and Advocate Haris Beeran appeared for Respondent Lulu Group
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