On Wednesday, the apex court lifted the stay in Uttarakhand and allowed Maharashtra government’s prayer seeking a clarification that there was no stay on construction.
“All states have framed their action plan and have submitted to the environment ministry. We are sure of getting relief when these cases are submitted before the court,” said a central government official, who did not wish to be named.
Sources said the government is concerned at the impact of the temporary stay order, which led to job losses. At least 7.65 lakh labourers are impacted daily during the stay across states, according to an estimate prepared by the real estate consultancy firm Laises Foras. The impact has been maximum in Maharashtra where at least 8,400 projects are under construction.
Real estate lobby groups have claimed that the blanket stay is a major setback for the realty sector, which had only recently started to show some signs of revival. They have also said that the impending stay on construction will further push the delivery dates of ongoing projects.
While allowing the plea of Uttarakhand government on Wednesday SC observed that the states have rushed to the court as the builders may have “gone after them.”
The apex court had on August 31 castigated some states for their “pathetic” attitude in not framing a solid waste management policy as per the 2016 Rules on the issue and stayed construction activities till they brought it out.