The National Green Tribunal (NGT) today termed as "disastrous" the Centre's view that the panel's expert members who are to visit Nirma's cement plant site in Gujarat won't be able to ascertain if the area is a waterbody or not due to prevailing drought conditions there.
A vacation bench headed by Justice P Jyothimani made the observation while dismissing the applications of MoEF and the farmers of villages Patva, Vangar, Doliya, Samadhiyala and Padhiyarka in Bhavnagar district, seeking a stay of the NGT's May 28 order directing a site visit by its expert members.
"Ministry of Environment and Forests' (MoEF) contention that a pre-monsoon visit will not help the expert members of this tribunal to ascertain whether the area is a waterbody or wasteland amounts to questioning the expert members' ability..
"Such a view is disastrous and not expected from the government... We fail to see any reason for filing these applications. This is totally an abuse of the process of law. Applications stand dismissed," the bench said.
MoEF and the villagers had sought a stay of the NGT's May 28 order, to challenge the same before the Supreme Court.