Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding environmental/ minimum flow of the rivers despite hydro projects, 09/08/2017
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Pushp Saini Vs. Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change & Others dated 09/08/2017 regarding environmental flow of the rivers which should be permitted despite hydro projects. Counsel appearing for Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change submits that the Ministry has already completed river basin study of 6 river basins i.e. Siang River Basin, Twang River Basin, Bichom River Basin, Subansiri River Basin, Dibang River Basin and Lohit River Basin and upon study the Ministry has recommended the minimum flow of the river to be 18% of the average of lean season flow of the river. However, in some of the cases, it has stated to be even 20%. NGT directs that all the rivers in the country shall maintain minimum 15 % to 20% of the average lean season flow of that river.