Ahmedabad: Farmers of Mahuva town in
Bhavnagar district have approached the Gujarat High Court
seeking review of its April 26 order allowing Nirma Ltd to go
ahead with the construction of cement plant there.
The Shree Mahuva Bandhara Khetiwadi Pariyavaran Ran
Bachav Samiti (SMBKPRBS), which also filed an appeal in the
Supreme Court last month against the High Court order, has
sought a review of the judgement on grounds that environment
aspect was not considered by the HC.
A division bench of Chief Justice S J Mukhopadhaya and K
M Thakar adjourned the hearing in the matter yesterday saying
that it would be taken up after the appeal filed against the
HC order was heard by the apex court.
On April 26, the High Court had permitted the Nirma Ltd
to go ahead with construction of the cement plant in Mahuva
after surrendering 46 hectare additional land out of the 268
hectares alloted to them by the state government, within four
weeks time. Nirma had earlier surrendered 54 hectares of land
back to the state government.
In their review petition, the farmers have contended that
the HC has not taken into account their arguments regarding
faulty environment clearance by the Gujarat Pollution Control
Board (GPCB) as well as by the Ministry of Forests and
The farmers have submitted in the review petition that
permitting the cement plant near the water body was violation
of local people`s rights.
They had earlier opposed the cement plant contending that
out of the 268 hectares land allotted to the Nirma Ltd, 222
hectares was part of a water body.
The farmers led by BJP MLA from Mahuva Kanu Kalsariya
further said the cement plant would destroy agriculture,
animal husbandry, besides causing irreparable damage to the
During the hearing on their PIL for nearly a year, the
farmers had maintained that Nirma`s plant was coming up on
reservoir and would harm the ecology of the surrounding
villages. The government and Nirma Ltd had, however, argued
that the plant was not on a water body.