Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding violation of environmental norms by Hindustan Zinc Ltd., Udaipur, Rajasthan, 29/03/2022

  • 29/03/2022

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Om Puri Vs Hindustan Zinc Ltd. & Others dated 29/03/2022. Hindustan Zinc Ltd., Udaipur filed the application before the NGT for review of the court order, February 2, 2022 ( O.A. No. 226/2020, Om Puri vs. Hindustan Zinc Ltd. & Ors). By the said order, the Tribunal considered the grievance of violation of environmental norms by Hindustan Zinc Ltd., in executing mining lease of lead, zinc and associated minerals at villages Agucha, Rampura, tehsil Hurd, district Bhilwada, Rajasthan covers nearly an area of about 1200 hectares of mining land. The NGT had directed the project proponent to deposit a sum of Rs. 25 crore with the District Magistrate, Bhilwada for ecological rehabilitation and restoration.

The review application was filed by the project proponent mentioning the activities undertaken by the PP prior to and after passing of NGT order, February 2, 2022. The review application requested to modify the NGT order and said that the unit would work closely with the SPCB towards improving quality of soil, potable and farm water availability,  increasing agricultural produce, undertaking health improvement programs for inhabitants as well as livestock improvement.

The NGT, March 29, 2022 directed forwarding of the letter, March 11, 2022 filed by the project proponent - which has been treated as a review petition to the joint committee to enable the joint committee to furnish its action taken report in pursuance of the NGT order, February 2, 2022 within two months.