Welspun’s Thermal Power Project (Mirzapur) is reserved for judgment in NGT! Vindhya Bachao readies to take on Karchhana Thermal Power (Allahabad)
The Environmental Clearance of 1320 MW Coal-Based Thermal Power Plant, in village Dadri Khurd was being opposed by Vindhya Bachao Abhiyan and students of Banaras Hindu University’s South Campus since the year 2013. The main issues were concealment of crucial facts in EIA report including presence of forests, highly deficient EIA process including public hearing which was held under custody of a number of private armed men; and several other factors. The matter was filed in October, 2014 in National Green Tribunal’s Principal Bench, New Delhi. Advocate Parul Gupta petitioned the matter for Debadityo Sinha, Shiva Kumar Upadhyaya and Mukesh Kumar, who were the appellants in the matter. Advocate Vishwendra Verma appeared for Ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change who was the respondent no. 1 in the matter. Senior Advocate Dhruv Mehta appeared for the Project Proponent-M/s Welspun Energy (U.P.) Private Limited who was respondent no. 4. Uttar Pradesh State Pollution Control Board (Respondent no. 3) and Government of Uttar Pradesh (Respondent no. 2) were represented by Advocate Pradeep Mishra and Advocate Savitri Pandey.
On the last day of hearing-5th April, 2016, Dr. M. Ramesh, Scientist-D- MOEFCC was also called by the court to present the original file of the Environment Clearance.