Judgement of the National Green Tribunal regarding environmental clearance given to Nirma Cement Plant, District Bhavnagar, Gujarat, 14/01/2015
Judgement of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Nirma Limited V s MoEF & Ors. dated 14/01/2015 regarding Environment Clearance dated 8th December, 2008 given to the cement plant (Cement plant 1.91MTPA, 1.50 Clinker), Coke oven plant (1.5 LTPA), and Captive Power Plant (50 MW) to be established and operated near village Padhiyarka Taluka, Mahuva, District Bhavnagar, Gujarat.
The main argument going against the Nirma cement plant was that the lands in question were wet lands/water bodies. The Tribunal in its judgement said " the revenue records described the area in question as a ‘waste Land’ and it was never, even till today, identified as wet land by the Central Wetlands Regulatory Authority and so notified by the Central Government under the provisions of the Act for the purposes of Wetland (Conservation & Management) Rules, 2010."