The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the National Green Tribunal order mandating environment clearance for Delhi Metro’s construction of the Noida line. The NGT had held back the metro construction project saying it could not go on without environment clearances. It had also ruled that Indian Railways and the DMRC both needed to secure environmental clearances for the railway and metro projects.
According to PTI, Justices S Thakur and A M Khanwilkar prima facie agreed that the order of the Tribunal was erroneous. The apex court also stated that it would delay the projects if the Delhi Metro and Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) was forced to seek clearances from the Ministry of Environment and Forest.
Earlier, the environment ministry had told the NGT that railway and Metro rail projects are not within the purview of 2006 Environmental Impact Assessment Notification thereby dismissing the need for prior Environmental Clearances. Appearing for the government firms, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi reiterated this point.