Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding the running of Badari limestone mine, village Badari Vijayraghogarh, Katni district, Madhya Pradesh, 08/09/2022
Order of the National Green Tribunal (Central Zone Bench, Bhopal) in the matter of ACC Limited Vs State Environment Impact Assessment Authority, Madhya Pradesh dated 08/09/2022.
The State Environment Impact Assessment Authority, Madhya Pradesh December 19, 2021 passed an order to revoke the environment clearance granted to Badari limestone mine (5.82 hectare), village Badari Vijayraghogarh, District Katni run by ACC Limited. The order was passed for the failure on the part of ACC Limited in filing six monthly reports on time.
The NGT, September 8, 2022 held that the "extreme penalty of revocation of EC for allegation of non submission of half yearly report for a past period is highly disproportionate, harsh, unfair, unjust and arbitrary and deserves to be quashed," and set aside the order of December 19, 2021.
The concerned authorities have been asked to "take a reasoned decision" in accordance with law within a reasonable time on point of penalty to be paid by ACC Limited. Pending decisions, the operation of the Badari limestone mine would not be interfered with, the NGT said.