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NGT orders NTPC to pay Rs 58L for ruining the environment | India News


DEHRADUN: The National Green Court (NGT) on Tuesday rejected a petition from the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) requesting the review of an order passed by the Uttarakhand Environmental Protection and Pollution Control Board and fined it. of 57.9 lakh to the potency for Harming the environment.
The company was found to have violated manure disposal site maintenance standards at its Tapovan-Vishnugad hydroelectric project in Chamoli, resulting in damage to the environment. Incidentally, the 520 MW Tapovan-Vishnugad project was severely damaged in the February 7 flash floods that resulted in more than 100 people, who were associated with the project, missing. TNN AND AGENCIES
“ The polluter pays principle correctly invoked ”
TOI tried to contact the representatives of the power major in Uttarakhand, but received no response. A bank headed by NGT President Judge Adarsh ​​Kumar Goel noted that “the slope of the mud dumped at the hydroelectric project was dangerously twice the standards with potential for erosion” and dismissed NTPC’s statement against the order. of the state pollution control board.
“Erosion was observed in terms of gully formation downstream from manure dumps. It is clear that the operational manure disposal sites were not being maintained according to the standards established by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, ”he said. “There is no merit to the appeal, as the ‘polluter pays’ principle has been rightly invoked for damage to the environment. The appeal is dismissed. The amount of compensation that the state pollution control board can recover can be used to restore the environment, “the court said.

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