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Environment Ministry Seeks Review Of NGT Order

9th February, 2017 | Sanctuary Asia | http://www.sanctuaryasia.com/conservation/news/10557-environment-ministry-seeks-review-of-ngt-order

The environment ministry files a petition seeking a review of NGT’s order quashing the clearance of Mirzapur thermal power plant.

On 21 December, 2016 the National Green Tribunal (NGT) quashed the Environmental Clearance of Welspun Energy’s coal based thermal power plant proposed in Mirzapur. The main reasons were concealment of crucial data, illegal public hearing and inadequate EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) procedure. The project proponent was also asked to restore the project site to its original condition.

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC), which is entrusted with the responsibil-ity of protecting the environment, forests and wildlife in the country has now filed a petition seeking review of the order.

Vindhya Bachao organizattion strongly condemns the role played by the MOEFCC in this matter. The ministry’s support for the project proponent is indicative of the its casual approach towards the environment.

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