Judgement of the National Green Tribunal regarding Singoli-Bhatwari Hydro Electric Project on River Mandakini in Uttarakhand, 04/05/2016
Judgement of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of .Raghuwar Dutt Tiwari & Others Vs Ministry of Environment & Forests & Others dated 04/05/2016 regarding Singoli-Bhatwari Hydro Electric Project on River Mandakini in Uttarakhand by the Project Proponent L&T Uttranchal Hydro Electric Pvt. Limited. This Application raised an issue of construction of underground tunnels and the use of explosives associated with it as well as for restructuring the design of the project as per recommendations of Petitions Committee of the Rajya Sabha and IIT Consortium.
Tribunal rejects the Application and dismissed the request for formation of committee to examine the feasibility of abstracting water by making partial obstruction on the river as recommended by the Petitions Committee of the Rajya Sabha and IIT Consortium and for putting on hold activities on the project until completion of the studies by the Committee as it "will amount to putting the clock back on the project which had concededly commenced under valid statutory clearances obtained at the material time as far back as in the years 2006, 2007 and 2009."