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NGT directs Numaligarh Refinery to demolish wall falling in Deopahar Reserve Forest

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has directed Assam-based Refinery Limited (NRL) to demolish the boundary wall falling in the protected reserve forest (DPRF) as it blocked the movement of elephants.

A bench headed by NGT Justice said the corridors have to be preserved to protect their habitats from fragmentation and dismissed the review plea filed by NRL, while asking it to comply with its August 24, 2016 order.

"The for the review petitioner submits that the entire wall needs not be demolished as the same is not the part of the Reserve Forest.

"We are of the view that in view of categorical finding already recorded by the tribunal that the area where the wall came up and the area where proposed township is to come up is a part of the Reserve Forest, rehearing on merits is not permissible. Accordingly, we do not find any ground for review of order dated August 24, 2016. The review application is dismissed," the bench said.

The tribunal had earlier slapped an compensation of Rs 25 lakh on NRL for destruction of forest cover in district to construct a boundary wall for a golf course.

It had restrained the refinery from constructing a proposed township in the area as it fell under the No Development Zone (NDZ) notification issued by the Ministry in 1996.

The NGT had directed the government to shut down the polluting activities of the stone crushers and brick kilns in the area and take urgent steps to notify the Deopahar protected reserve forest into to prevent further loss to the ecology which is close to the Kaziranga National Park.

The judgement had come on a plea filed by Rohit Choudhary, a resident of Assam, seeking directions to immediately demolish the concrete wall constructed by the Refinery Limited near the Deopahar protected reserve forest as it was obstructing movement of elephants.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 16:45 IST