Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding violation of EC by NHAI while upgrading NH- 211, 03/09/2019
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Sakharam Asaram Kale & Others Vs The Regional Officer, MPCB & Others dated 03/09/2019 regarding violation of the conditions of the Environmental Clearance (EC) by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), in respect of the work rehabilitation and up-gradation of existing 2 lane and 4 lane of Yedshi to Aurangabad section of NH- 211 from 100 Kms to 290 Kms in the state of Maharashtra.
It is alleged that rain water harvesting system including oil and grease trap to be located at every 500 mtrs along the road had not been complied with, green belt area has not been developed as required under the conditions of the EC dated 23.06.2014. The contractor engaged by NHAI for supplying of crushed stone metals and operation of hot mix plants, wet mix and ready mix concrete has violated the conditions of the Consent to Operate by failing to put in place pollution control measures as required.
NGT directs for the constitution of a Committee comprising of the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and the State Level Environment Assessment Authority (SEIAA), Maharashtra, who would be responsible to jointly inspect the works in question and after the verifying the factual aspects, submit a report.