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Cannot impose complete ban on charcoal as fuel: Govt to NGT

The matter is fixed for next hearing on October 9

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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There cannot be a complete ban on the use of as by the industries, the Ministry has told the

The Ministry of and (MoEF) told a bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim that no fresh study was necessary in view of the study conducted by a based institute.

"During proceeding in this case, report was called for from MoEF and in the subsequent proceedings, it has taken a stand that no fresh study was necessary in view of the study ... MoEF relies on that report to contend that there cannot be total ban on use of as fuel/raw material in the industry," the bench said.

During the proceedings, the counsel for the applicant asked the bench to consider the suggestion that requisite safeguards should be provided even in case is used as in the industry.

The matter is fixed for next hearing on October 9.

Earlier, the tribunal had directed the MoEF to to conduct a study to ascertain whether the use of charcoal as in the industries had any adverse impact on the

It had asked the ministry to examine the process involved in production of charcoal and submit a report to the tribunal.

The Indian Institute of Sustainable Development had filed a plea alleging that trees were being indiscriminately cut for converting them into charcoal.

The had also sought a ban on the use of charcoal as fuel or raw material in industries across the country.

Noting that the indiscriminate and illegal felling of trees would lead to environmental disaster, had earlier imposed a ban on the cutting of trees without clearance from appropriate authorities.

"There shall be an order of injunction against companies/ authorities from illegally cutting trees in the forest areas in the whole of country to be used for charcoal without obtaining environmental/forest clearance or permission from appropriate authorities," the bench had said.

First Published: Thu, September 28 2017. 15:48 IST