The state-owned energy main was discovered to have violated muck disposal website upkeep norms, ensuing in harm to the environment.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel famous that slope of the muck dumped at its Tapovan Vishnugad hydro energy undertaking in Chamoli was hazardously double the requirements with potential for erosion and dismissed the NTPC Ltd’s plea in opposition to the state PCB order.
“Erosion was already seen in terms of gully formation in down streams of the muck dumps. Thus, it is clear that the operative muck disposal sites were not being maintained as per the Ministry of Environment and Forests laid down norms,” the bench mentioned.
“In view of the above, there is no merit in the appeal as ‘Polluter Pays’ principle has been rightly invoked for damage to the environment. Accordingly, the appeal is dismissed. The amount of compensation which may be recovered by the state pollution control board may be utilised for restoration of the environment,” the tribunal mentioned.
The NGT famous that NTPC is working Tapovan Vishnugad hydro energy undertaking and has arrange 5 muck disposal dumping websites out of which three have been accomplished 3-5 years again whereas two are nonetheless energetic and operational and the state PCB discovered deficiencies in respect of the identical.
The state PCB had handed order below Section 33 A of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 (Water Act) requiring the appellant NTPC to pay compensation of Rs 57,96,000 on the polluter pays precept for the restoration of the environment.