Firm fined ₹55.47Cr for environmental damage

One-liner: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered a highway construction company to pay ₹55.47Cr for causing environmental damage by illegally excavating stone, sand and murram for its projects in the Nashik and Hingoli districts of Maharashtra.

2 separate orders: In two separate orders on Feb 22, NGT's western zone bench in Pune directed Rajendrasinh Bhamboo Infra Private Ltd to pay ₹36.35Cr and ₹19.12Cr to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board within a month.

No environmental clearance: "We find that since the activity of mining has been conducted by the project proponent (Rajendrasinh Bhamboo Infra) without taking prior environmental clearance, the same is treated to be a violation which impacts the environment adversely," said the green tribunal in one of its orders.

  • One Dattatraya Phalke had filed pleas with the tribunal saying that the company be blacklisted for having repeatedly violated environmental norms for its commercial benefits

Company punished earlier also: The tribunal had earlier punished the company by imposing environmental compensation but it continues to violate the environmental norms, said petitioner Phalke.

Illegal excavation: As per the pleas, the firm deliberately did not obtain prior environmental clearance for its project at Kalamnuri in Hingoli and has illegally excavated more than 4,50,000 brass of stones, murram and sand.

Bottom line: For its project at Nandgaon in Nashik district, the company has carried out illegal mining of 25,000 brass of similar construction materials, the plea added.

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