The Bombay High Court has requested the Nationwide Excessive Pace Rail Company (NHSRCL) to supply responses to the objections raised by NGO Bombay Environmental Motion Group (BEAG) relating to the felling of mangrove timber for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet practice mission.
The court docket has mentioned that the NGO needs to be made a celebration to the case and file objections within the type of an affidavit as a response to the plea by NHSRCL to chop the timber on the bullet practice mission’s path.
The unique plea by NHSRCL was heard by a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish S Kulkarni. On this plea, the NHSRCL was trying to cut back the variety of timber to be lower for the mission after directives by the central and state atmosphere ministries in addition to different authorities.
Showing earlier than the court docket on February 23, advocates representing NHSRCL, Pralhad Paranjape and Manish Kelkar knowledgeable that the variety of mangrove timber to be lower for the mission have been decreased by greater than 50%, coming down from 53,467 timber to 21,997 timber. The NHSRCL additionally promised the court docket that it could plant greater than 5 instances the variety of mangrove timber felled for this mission.
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The plea by NHSRCL went on to say that the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Administration Authority and the Union Ministry of Setting and Forest had requested the shifting of Virar and Thane stations included within the mission as they had been located near close by mangroves.
Maintaining this in thoughts, the NHSRCL has reportedly modified the alignment of those stations whereas additionally buying requisite permissions from all related authorities.
The objection by the NGO said that the NHSRCL mustn’t use explosives for the development in prohibited areas and requested the court docket to not grant permissions for such exercise.
The NGO was represented by advocate Sheetal Shah who went on to say that no examine or survey was carried out to establish the survival charge of the vegetation/saplings which are to get replaced by the NHSRCL. Shah added that the Environmental Influence Evaluation report for the tree felling hasn’t been supplied but.
The Bombay Excessive Court docket has requested the NGO to submit objections within the type of an affidavit reply by Thursday, whereas the NHSRCL has been requested to answer the affidavit by Friday.