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NGT notice to MoEF, Assam on NRL's bio-ethanol project

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A plea challenging environmental clearance granted to Refineries for setting up a bamboo based bio-project in a village has prompted the today to seek responses from the Centre and the

Refinery Ltd (NRL) will utilise bamboo as main biomass for producing bioethanol under the project at Owguri Chapori village in Golaghat (Assam).

A bench headed by Justice issued notices to the Ministry of and Forest, government, state board and Refinery Limited and sought their reply by February 21.

The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by wildlife activist seeking quashing of the clearance granted to the project on November 2, 2016.

It claimed that the proposed project fell within the no development zone of the Kaziranga National Park and Impact Assessment Report has been prepared in complete violation of the EIA Notification, 2006.

"The Project Proponent has not complied with the Terms of reference (TOR) provided by the EAC while preparing the EIA Report. The project lies within the no development zone of the Kaziranga National Park and the presence of such industries in such an ecologically sensitive zone can affect the ecological balance of the area entirely threatening the lives of all the flora and fauna in the area," the plea said.

The petition contended that the proposed project has not been placed before the Task Force Committee, constituted by the government for implementation of the no development zone notification.

"Direct that a through independent and comprehensive impact assessment will be carried out to study the impacts of the proposed project on the proposed area and appraise the project afresh," the plea said.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 16:20 IST