Data source
Date of text
13 Mar 2014
Country
Seat of court
New Delhi
Original language

English

Type of text
National - higher court
Reference number
No. 12/2012
Court name
National Green Tribunal
Justice(s)
Swatanter Kumar
U.D. Salvi
Dr. G.K. Pandey
Prof. A.R. Yousuf
Dr. R.C. Trivedi
Sources
InforMEA
Keywords
agriculture, air pollution, air pollution (stationary sources), compensation, energy, environmental damage, indigenous peoples, licence, poverty, public awareness, Public participation

In this case, the plaintiffs, a villager, challenged the order of the Ministry of Environment and Forests granting Environmental Clearance for a project setting up a Thermal Power Project near the village Kudgi in Bijapur District Karnataka.

The plaintiffs claimed that they could not properly participate in the decision making process and that they were not offered enough money to compensate the loss of their agricultural fields where the power plant was planned. They stressed that in such a poor region, agriculture was very important for the subsistence of the local communities. At the same time they also pointed out that the projected power plan will have irretrievable and irreversible consequences on the environment mostly caused by the pollution load due to burning coal.

The National Green Tribunal held that if the planned power point was crucial for the development of the region, the order still needed to be redrafted to integrate pollution mitigation measures. Also, the judges stressed that the procedure provided by the law needed to be followed and that, as a result, public authorities had to give public notice and hear the project affected people. Consequently, the Tribunal remanded the order to the Ministry of Environment and Forests