Green panel questions for projects approved by the Ministry of Environment

Green panel questions for projects approved by the Ministry of Environment

New Delhi:

The National Green Tribunal has told the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to comply with the conditions mentioned in the environmental clearance given for the projects, stating that the mechanism for monitoring environmental norms is inadequate.

The Green Panel stated that the conditions of the environmental clearance should be complied with at least once in a quarter.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice AK Goel said that there is poor monitoring and there are huge gaps in enforcing the conditions and its enforcement.

It asked the Ministry of Environment to review and strengthen the mechanism for this purpose.

The tribunal noted an affidavit filed by the ministry stating that there are some proposals to strengthen the monitoring mechanism.

The NGT said that it only showed insensitivity to significant constitutional obligation despite repeated instructions.

“Promises to replicate such proposals only without effective enforcement on the ground can hardly be considered satisfactory. MOEF attorneys say even more meaningful steps have taken place since the filing of the affidavit, but it cannot be brought to record Could. “

The bench said, “We cannot accept such a statement. If indeed steps have been taken, we fail to understand why a similar production cannot be done during the hearing. We are on the subject of MoEF Register their dissatisfaction over the attitude. “

It directed the ministry to take effective steps to discharge its constitutional obligation to pursue “precautionary” and “sustainable development” principles and “public trust doctrine”.

“We are not required to repeat the comments regarding the accepted deficiencies in the existing mechanism which need to be removed immediately. The affidavit of compliance must be filed by e-mail before the next date,” the bench said.

The case is listed for hearing on 17 December.

The directive came as the green panel was hearing a petition filed by petitioner Sandeep Mittal, seeking a rigorous mechanism to ensure compliance with the conditions mentioned in the environmental clearances granted for the projects.

The petition states that unless conditions are duly monitored and ensured with a view to achieving the said item, it is not sufficient to place conditions for the EC on the basis of evaluation.