NGT directs firm to pay Rs 55.47 crore for causing environmental damage


The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered a highway construction company to pay Rs 55.47 crore for causing environmental damage by illegally excavating stone, sand and murram for its projects in Nashik and Hingoli districts of Maharashtra.

In two separate orders on Feb. 22, the bank in the western zone of NGT in Pune Rajendrasinh ordered Bhamboo Infra Private Limited to pay Rs 36.35 crore and Rs 19.12 crore to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board within a month.

The detailed orders have recently been made available.

We find that since the mining activity has been carried out by the project developer (Rajendrasinh Bhamboo Infra) without prior environmental permit, it is treated as an offense that has a negative impact on the environment, the green tribunal said in one of its orders.

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One Dattatraya Phalke had submitted pleas to the tribunal saying the company would be blacklisted for repeatedly violating environmental standards for its commercial benefits.

The tribunal had previously punished the company by imposing environmental compensation, but it continues to violate environmental standards, petitioner Phalke said.

According to the resources, the company deliberately failed to obtain a prior environmental permit for its project at Kalamnuri in Hingoli and illegally excavated more than 4,50,000 copper bricks, murom and sand.

For his project in Nandgaon Nashik district, the company has been illegally mining 25,000 brass of similar building materials, the plea added.

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