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Delhi High Court Stays Order against Sarada Mines

Steel News - Published on Tue, 29 Sep 2020

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New Indian Express reported that the Delhi High Court stayed the order of the Centre directing the Odisha Government to to Sarada Mines Private Limited, the lease holder of Thakurani iron ore block in Joda mining circle of Keonjhar district, stop mining operation and initiate action against the miner for violating provisions of Environment Protection Act, 1986. Justice Jayant Nath said “In my opinion, the impugned order (of MoEF&CC) dated 21.09.2020 is prima facie erroneous. The petitioner has made out a prima facie case. Till the next date of hearing, the impugned order shall remain stayed.”

Referring to the January 15, 2020 order of the Supreme Court, the single judge said the Odisha Government and Central Environment Committee had no objection for resumption of mining by the petitioner subject to depositing the CEC assessed dues and strictly complying with all mandatory rules, regulations and conditions for conducting mining operations.

The Delhi High Court order came a day after the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFF & CC) directed the Odisha Government to stop mining operation of the Thakurani iron ore block by Sarada Mines and initiate action against the lease holder for violation of Environment Protection Act, 1986. In its September 21 order, the MoEF&CC directed the State Government not to give consent to operate the mines till the project is granted environmental clearance by the State Pollution Control Board.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 29 Sep 2020
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