Judgement of the National Green Tribunal regarding construction activity of Numaligarh refinery in the no-development zone of Kaziranga National Park, Assam, 24/08/2016
Judgement of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Rohit Choudhury Vs. Union of India & Others dated 24/08/2016. The application was filed against the alleged illegal activities including operation of stone crushers, brick kilns, tea factories and other polluting activities in the No Development Zone that was demarcated by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change vide Notification dated 5th July, 1996 around the Numaligarh refinery in Assam.
NGT directs the wall with barbed wire fencing which comes in the way of Elephant Corridor, to be demolished and the proposed township should not come up in the present location as it is a part of Deopahar ‘PRF’. Further, for causing environmental damage by destruction of forest cover and flattening of the hill to build the golf course, the Numaligarh Refinery Limited will pay environmental compensation of Rs. 25,00,000/- (Rupees Twenty Five lakhs) to the Assam Forest department.