The State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) has issued a show-cause notice to OPG Power Ventures,asking why legal action should not be initiated against the company after it was found violating conditions under the environment clearance it received from the authority in 2010.
OPG’s proposed 300 MW coal-fired power plant has been facing tough local opposition almost since the beginning because fishermen,salt-pan workers and farmers near the proposed site at Bhadreshwar village in Mundra taluka of Kutch feared the plant would pollute the area’s land,water and air,and adversely affect their livelihoods.
The villagers had approached various agencies,including the National Green Tribunal (NGT),which ordered SEIAA and officers from other environment agencies to conduct a site inspection in March.
The team found OPG had violated at least two of the environment clearance’s conditions,including that of not beginning any construction unless it received all necessary clearances and that it should obtain all permissions from any department or agency under laws and acts that may be associated with the project’s intake and outfall channels.
After the inspection report was submitted,the NGT asked the SEIAA to issue a show-cause notice to the company.
Officials said the company has not yet replied to the notice,which asked why criminal proceedings should not be taken against OPG under section 19 of the Environment Protection Act,1986.