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Green Tribunal dismisses Adani's plea on green clearance issue

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said EC granted to its project raises substantial questions relating to environment

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The National Green Tribunal today dismissed the appeal of Adani-Pench Power Ltd for review of its verdict rejecting the company's contention that a challenge to the environment clearance granted to its thermal power project in Madhya Pradesh was time barred.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar rejected Adani's review plea saying the petition challenging the environment clearance (EC) granted to its project raises substantial questions relating to environment and requires to be examined on merit.

Adani had challenged the NGT's July 11, 2013 verdict by which the tribunal had rejected the company's objection that the petition filed by activist Medha Patkar against the clearance granted to its project in Chhindwara District of Madhya Pradesh was filed too late. The Environment Ministry (MoEF) had also earlier taken a similar argument that petition by Medha Patkar had been filed beyond the period of limitation.

"The matters in issue in the present appeal (by Patkar) raise substantial questions relating to environment and they require to be examined on merits. All that the Tribunal has done is to hold that the appeal is within time and should be heard on merits.

"The objections raised by the applicant in its review petition are void of any substance and merit and, therefore, deserve to be rejected," the bench, also comprising its judicial member Justice U D Salvi, said today and listed the main matter for arguments on December 20.

Adani had from the start opposed Patkar's plea saying environmental clearance was granted and communicated on October 16-17, 2012 while her petition was filed on January 30, 2013 and as such there is a delay of 16 days beyond the period of the stipulated 90 days.

However, the tribunal in its July 11 decision had held that the plea was filed within the stipulated 90 days.

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First Published: Thu, November 28 2013. 16:06 IST