New Delhi: Environment clearance given to Nirma Industries cement plant in Gujarat's Bhavnagar district has been revoked, the Centre on Friday informed the Supreme Court which put the ball in the court of green tribunal to decide the fate of the unit.
A bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia disposed of the appeal filed by a farmers' association challenging Gujarat High Court's order of allowing the plant after Nirma submitted that it would approach the tribunal against the government order of withdrawing the environment clearance.
The bench said that the tribunal would decide the case in accordance with law.
Earlier, the apex court had made it clear that Nirma Industries has to scrap its cement plant if it fails to prove that the project does not fall in eco-sensitive wetlands.
After going through the expert committee's report on the project, the court had said that the clearance to the plant was given on the wrong ground that it was a wasteland.
The expert committee's report had said it was not a wasteland, as claimed by Gujarat government, while giving nod for the plant in 268 hectares in 2008.
The committee, which was headed by C R Babu, Professor Emeritus and former Pro-Vice Chancellor of Delhi University, had recommended relocation of the plant, saying it would "bring changes in the ecology of the water bodies".
It said any location of such a polluting cement factory, based on coal-fired thermal power plant and coke oven plant, would generate emissions and effluents that would damage the ecology and lead to reduction of crops in the area.
First Published: Friday, December 09, 2011, 19:14