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NGT slaps INR 1 crore fine each on Gammon India and Hindustan Construction

Infra News - Published on Fri, 15 Feb 2019

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The Northlines reported that the NGT has slapped a penalty of INR 1 crore each on the Gammon India Limited and the Hindustan Construction Co Ltd for damaging the environment by dumping soil in Chenab and Tawi rivers for construction on a stretch of the Udhampur-Banihal National Highway in Jammu and Kashmir. A bench headed by National Green Tribunal Chairperson Justice Mr Adarsh Kumar Goel also ordered them to furnish a performance guarantee of INR 1 crore for improving the situation within the next three months.

The bench said that “The deposit of compensation be made with the Central Pollution Control Board within one month and the performance guarantee may also be furnished to the satisfaction of the CPCB within one month. Let further report of the committee be furnished after three months but before June 30, 2019.”

The tribunal passed the order after perusing a report by a monitoring committee, headed by former judge of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Justice J R Kotwal, which informed it that the project proponent should immediately discontinue with the use of dumping sites. It also suggested that the state government and the Forest Department should show serious concern in providing suitable and adequate number of new dumping sites to the project proponent within the shortest possible time.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 15 Feb 2019
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