Monday, May 25, 2015

NGT issues notice to Govt on Suktel project Monday, 25 May 2015 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar



NGT issues notice to Govt on Suktel project
Monday, 25 May 2015 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar
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The National Green Tribunal (NGT), Kolkata has asked the Odisha Government and the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest to file their replies within four weeks that why injunction will not be granted in respect of the ongoing construction work of the Lower Suktel Irrigation Project.
Upon hearing a petition filed by Satya Narayan Banchhor, a project-affected person and secretary of the Lower Suktel Budi Anchal Sangram Parisad and Balkrishna Sendha, Justice Pratap Kumar Ray and Professor PC Mishra have issued notice to the State Water Resources Development Department in this regard on Friday.
The petitioners contend that the validity of environment clearance granted in 1998 has lapsed because of non-commencement of construction work within five years of the granting of environment clearance.
The department admitted in its compliance report to the Ministry of Environment and Forest that the project has started construction work only in April 20013. The petitioners further contend that all the construction works going since 2013 are illegal and amount to an offence under the Environment Protection Act 1986.
It is worthwhile to mention that the Lower Suktel project is acquiring around 5,000 hectares of land including 637 hectares of forestland, 16 villages fully and 10 villages partly affecting 4,160 families.
The agitating villages have been opposing the forceful land acquisition. Advocate Sankar Prasad Pani has conducted the case at the NGT.

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