|NGT admits appeal against Dibang project|
GUWAHATI, Aug 2 - The Kolkata-based Eastern Zone (EZ) Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) admitted on July 30, 2015, an appeal (No-04/2015/EZ) Pradip Kumar Bhuyan and another versus Union of India and Others) that challenged the environment clearance accorded by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) to the 2,880- MW Dibang Multi-purpose Dam Project in Arunachal Pradesh. This dam project has been billed as the tallest of the world.
The appeal was filed by senior citizen Pradip Kumar Bhuyan and naturalist and wildlife photographer Jaydeep Bhuyan.
The petitioners have contended that the project would cause serious environmental degradation and damages which will destroy the last refuse of pristine biodiversity hotspot of the world and will be disastrous to the fragile ecosystem of Arunachal Pradesh.
Admitting the appeal, the NGT Bench has said that considering the important environmental issues raised in the appeal, it has admitted the appeal for hearing.
The NGT Bench has granted the respondents, - namely, Ministry of Power, MoEFCC, NHPC, Governments of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam and the Arunachal Pradesh Pollution Control Board, four weeks’ time to respond and reply to the issues raised by the petitioners in their appeal.
The next date for hearing the case is fixed on September 14.
Advocates Sanjay Upadhaya and Vikram Rajkhowa appeared on behalf of the petitioners.