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NGT Raises Fine Imposed on Gammon India, Hindustan Construction Company

Infra News - Published on Wed, 17 Jul 2019

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PTI, noting repeated failures, reported that the NGT has raised the penalty slapped on Gammon India and Hindustan Construction Company to INR 2 crore each for damaging the environment by dumping construction debris into Chenab and Tawi rivers in Jammu and Kashmir. The green panel, which had slapped an environment compensation of INR 1 crore each on the companies on February 12, increased the amount after finding its previous order restraining the firms from using the rivers as dumping sites was not complied with.

A petition filed by Ramban resident Amaresh Singh had sought the tribunal's direction to stop dumping of debris generated during the construction of a stretch of Jammu-Srinagar national highway between Udhampur and Banihal into the water bodies.

The plea had said the work on four-laning of the stretch was being executed in "a reckless manner" and loose soil was being dumped directly into the two rivers.

On July 12, a bench headed by National Green Tribunal Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also ordered the companies to furnish a performance guarantee of Rs two crore within two weeks.

The NGT said that "Gammon India Ltd as well as Hindustan Construction Company Ltd are now required to pay a sum of INR 2 crore each within a month. The amount be deposited with the Central Pollution Control Board which may be spent for restoration of the environment. In view of repeated failures and the track record of deficiencies in maintaining environment norms, we require Gammon India as well as Hindustan Construction Company Ltd to furnish further performance guarantee in the sum of Rs 2 crore each to the satisfaction of the CPCB."

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Wed, 17 Jul 2019
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