Environmental clearance to cement unit in Surat can't be sustained until concerns addressed: NGT

The National Green Tribunal said the environmental clearance (EC) granted to a cement grinding unit in Surat cannot be sustained until all environmental concerns are duly addressed.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice A K Goel said the object of Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) is to ensure that all concerns affecting the environment are duly taken care of which has not been done in this case.

The tribunal was hearing plea filed by engineering and construction major Larsen & Toubro against order of the State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA), Gujarat, granting the EC to Sanghi Industries for setting up of stand-alone Cement grinding unit at Shivrampur village at Choryasi in Surat.

L&T aleged that the project in question will have hazardous impact on Hazira Manufacturing Complex where it is manufactures defence equipment.

The NGT in its order noted that the Counsel for the project proponent and SEIAA were unable to show any discussion in the minutes of State Expert Appraisal Committee which shows application of mind to the assessment of impact of dust generation during the transportation of cement.

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