13 and 14 September 2006 is fixed for hearing of Loharinag-Pala HEP
Project Name: Loharinag-Pala Hydroelectric Project (4x150 MW)
Agency: National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)
Environmental Clearance granted on 8.2.2005
Today in NEAA hearing of Loharinag-Pala case began, which was rejected last year on the ground of delay in filing the petition, dated 20-5-05. We challenged this dismissal in Delhi High court. In Sept. 2005 Delhi High court ordered to last year to reconstitute NEAA with full bench and listen the case on merits. But this not happened then we again file an application in Delhi High Court, case is pending there.
Meanwhile one member Mr. K. Prasad has been appointed in NEAA and he starts taking up cases. In last hearing when Adv. Ritwik Dutta starts the case, NEAA member said before proceedings we should ask respondent their views on hearing the case to which Adv. Dutta said that their was no option before the authority but to hear the case on the merits. Adv. Dutta argued that NEAA has been set up for the redressed for the grievance of the public and it should fulfill this role in the sprite of the act.
Today from petitioner side Adv. Shibani Ghosh (Member of LIFE)--we are ready to put our arguments on merits. Mr. S. Bhowmik who was presented on behalf of MoEF informs the authority about the two new appointments. One expert will be from Channai and another will be as Vice-Chairman from MoEF Mr. J.C. Kala (Director General of Forest).
Mr. Prasad said its better that this case will be heard after joining new members. Adv. Shibani again said that this is unending process, simultaneously dam work is continuing.
But Mr. Prasad said, just for abundant caution it is better at least we should wait for one member who will join on 31st August. No one was present from Uttaranchal Pollution Control Board.
13 and 14 September 2006 is fixed for hearing of Loharinag-Pala HEP.