Locals objected MoEF team’s visit without notice

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People facing displacement with the proposed greenfield plant of cement maker Lafarge at Karsog, objected to the visit of the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) team to the project site next week. They said the team is visiting the Lafarge’s mining sites without giving the notice in advance to the project affected people.

K.G. Thakur, a spokesperson for the Jai Shri Deo Badeyogi Sangharsh Evam Paryavaran Sanrakhsan Samiti said that despite court instructions, no notice has been given to the project-affected people by the MoEF. The high court, in its order dated Aug 12, set aside the decision of the National Environment Appellate Authority (NEAA) that revoked the environmental clearance granted to Lafarge. The NEAA in September last year quashed the environment clearance granted by the MoEF to the company. A division bench of Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjay Karol directed the MoEF to reconsider its environment clearance to the project as the previous one had not followed procedures.