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Get fresh green clearance from Centre Tribunal to mining companies

Get fresh green clearance from Centre Tribunal to mining companies

12 Aug 2017 No comment 14 hits

PANAJI: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed 25 mining lease holders to appear before the ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) regarding the issue of seeking a fresh environmental clearance (EC) in terms of a related Supreme Court order.

The tribunal passed a two-page order on August 9 directing these mining firms to appear before the MoEF on September 7, as they were agreeable to do so to resolve the controversy.

Shankar Jog and Goa Foundation had filed an application before NGT, alleging that the MoEF had not initiated action to comply with the Supreme Court judgment dated July 12, 2016, in the matter of M/s Talaulikar & Sons Pvt Ltd v/s Union of India & another, which was clearly applicable to the 25 firms, as well.

In the case before high court of Bombay at Goa, Jog and Goa Foundation had argued that the environment clearance granted to M/s Talaulikar & Sons under the 1994 EIA notification could only be given, and they are valid only, for five years. The high court had upheld their contention and directed M/s Talaulikar & Sons to obtain an EC within three months or face closure.

M/s Talaulikar appealed before the Supreme Court, but the apex court did not stay the high court order. In its judgement, dated July 12, 2016, the Supreme Court quashed MoEF's order of 2007, extending the clearance granted to M/s Talaulikar beyond the initial period of two years.

In view of the SC order, Jog and Goa Foundation pointed out to NGT that the case of 11 mine owners, who hold 25 leases is similar to M/s Talaulikar, and hence they don't have the right to carry on mining operations without a fresh clearance.


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