The National Green Tribunal has pulled up Numaligarh Refinery Limited for cutting trees to construct a boundary wall for a golf course in the ‘No- Development Zone’ in Kaziranga National Park in Assam, saying its forest clearance was an “abuse of law”.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also directed the Assam government to inspect the site and submit an inspection report in this regard by October 13.
“Your (refinery) forest clearance is hopeless. It is abuse of law and has no concern for environment… We direct the project proponent (refinery) to place on record complete documents to show how many trees they have cut and how many trees have they planted as afforestation and what is the mortality rate of the trees planted,” the bench said.It directed state-level Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) to take a “final view” in relation to the letters written by the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO).
The DFO of Golaghat Division had stated that the land acquired by Numaligarh Refinery was in clear violation of the established laws, rules and conditions.