Judgement of the National Green Tribunal regarding Dighi Port, Raigad, Maharashtra, 13/11/2014

  • 13/11/2014

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Western Zone Bench, Pune) in the matter of Geeta Bhadrasen Vadhai Vs Ministry of Environment and Forests & Others regarding regarding Dighi Port, Raigad, Maharashtra, 13/11/2014. The Applicant has stated before the Tribunal that EC conditions are still being violated by the Project Proponent though Dighi Port undertook to provide drinking water to the villagers yet nothing was done in this behalf.

It is further contended that Dighi Port is still going ahead with the project in violation of various Environmental norms, like destruction of mangroves, cutting of hill, removal of earth, and various other such defaults. The complaints made about them, are not being addressed by the Authorities, under the influence of Project Proponent. It is contended that mining activities are being carried out without NOC from the concerned Authorities. It is also contended that the Project Proponent is carrying out reclamation and blasting activities with a view to demolish hilly areas in Agardanda and Dighi Port. It is contended that all such activities are likely to cause serious damage to Sindhudurg Fort, which is of immense archeological importance.