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Athirappilly - KSEB approaches High Court against MoEF

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AthirappilliKerala State Electricity Board has filed a petition before the High Court against the move of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest to revoke the environmental clearance for the Athirappilly hydro-electric project. The KSEB approached the court against the show-cause notice seeking explanation for not revoking the clearance.

It is alleged in the petition that the action by the ministry was unfair and not based on any material.

“Environmental clearance for the project was granted on July 7, 2007, after expert studies,” the KSEB submitted.

The KSEB alleged that the decision to revoke the clearance was taken by the minister without considering any material. The minister could not interfere in the functioning of the Expert Appraisal Committee for River Valley and Hydro-electric Projects, which is a statutory authority, the KSEB submitted.

“It is reliably understood that the minister ordered revoking of the clearance on receipt of a letter from an individual. This is the most arbitrary way the executive can function,” the KSEB alleged.

The KSEB prayed to the court to quash the show-cause notice and restrain the Expert Appraisal Committee from taking further steps to revoke the permission.

Source- Express News Service

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