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NGT forms committee to decide if 2 pvt Agra colleges fall within Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has constituted a committee to decide whether two private engineering colleges have been constructed inside the in

A bench headed by NGT Justice set up the committee on October 30 comprising the Principal Secretaries of departments of revenue and forest, of Forest (of the Forest Force) and the of

The will be the of the state who will co-ordinate the proceedings and take initiative for carrying out these directions, the tribunal said, adding that the will facilitate this exercise as per the timelines fixed by it.

"The meeting for the purpose may be held within one month from today and decision on the question whether the Anand Engineering College, and of Management and Technology are within the area of notified on March 27, 1991 may be taken within two months thereafter. The concerned statutory authorities will thereafter enforce the said order. The committee is free to take assistance of any of the State," the bench said.

The NGT said that it would be open to the parties to put their view point before the committee through the in writing with relevant records.

"A report of the committee may be forwarded to this Tribunal by the Chief Wild Life Warden, by e-mail at on or before February 28, 2019 and put up for consideration on March 12, 2019," said the bench, also comprising Justice S P Wangdi, in its October 30 order.

The order came after for the parties suggested that a committee be constituted to resolve the conflicting versions and to oversee demarcation.

"On the one hand, the stand of District Magistrate is that the area is covered by the Notification, on the other hand without demarcation of the same, the SEIAA has granted Environmental Clearance and the Board has granted Consent under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 and the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 thereby permitting the institutions to continue," the NGT noted.

The tribunal was hearing a plea of an environmentalist challenging the construction of two private engineering colleges inside the in Agra.

It alleged that the construction has come up without obtaining required clearance as required under EIA Notification, 2006, No Objection Certificate from Board, Forest Clearance and any permission from and in violation of Wetland (Conservation & Management) Rules, 2010.

The plea had sought the demolition of illegal structure, quashing of environmental clearances and action against state officials besides restoration of the area.

It had also alleged that of Management and Technology was discharging noxious effluents directly into in the sanctuary without treatment.

The plea claimed that the college "managed" to procure NOC from the district administration of Agra that the land is not being use for agriculture or horticulture "in violation of the provisions of the Section 2 of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 and the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 which prohibits such change of land use".

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 15:15 IST