MoEF team visits Nirma cement plant in Gujarat
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Last Updated: Monday, April 18, 2011, 21:03
  
Bhavnagar (Gujarat): A team of experts from Environment and Forests Ministry today visited Nirma cement plant here to look into the issues of villagers, opposing the project on the ground that it will destroy their agriculture and cause irreparable damage to environment.

The team -- comprising Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) director Arshard Rehmani and seven others -- visited the plant at Mahuva taluka and nearby Samadhiala and Dholiya villages following a Supreme Court order, officials said.

Local farmers led by Mahuva MLA Kanu Kalsariya (BJP) are opposing the passage of the cement plant -- having a capacity of 1.91 million tonne per annum -- alleging that it is being built on a natural water body and the project, if completed, will destroy their agriculture and animal husbandry, besides causing irreparable damage to environment.

The apex court while hearing a petition by Mahuva farmers demanding shifting of the plant from its present location had directed MoEF in March to send a team of experts to the site and assess the ground situation on parameters prescribed by it.

According to district authorities, the team is likely to visit more villages in vicinity of the plant and assess the grievances of villagers.

PTI


First Published: Monday, April 18, 2011, 21:03


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