The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has fined Vedanta Limited, a company in Lanjigarh under Kalahandi district, fined Rs 25 crore on charges of the partial expansion in violation of environmental laws.
According to sources, an appeal was lodged with the NGT against Vedanta Limited (formerly Sesa Sterlite Ltd.) on November 20, 2015 for the expansion of the Alumina Refinery and Captive Power Plant in Lanjigarh.
After hearing the appeal, a special bench of NGT chairperson Adarsh Goyal ordered Vedanta to pay the fine on the 2nd. The company has been asked to repay it to the State Pollution Control Board account within the next one month as the money is to be spent on environmental recovery.
According to the company, the company has invested Rs 50,000 crore for the Lanjigarh project. To protect the environment the company has taken all kinds of legal action. The company, on the other hand, is also embroiled in controversy over its withdrawal of water from the Tel river.
The company claims that the floodwaters will not affect the river’s flow, but the need for water use is growing. The tribunal ruled that the permit to draw water from the river could not be made permanent and unchanged.
A committee has been set up with the secretaries of the NGT, the Irrigation Department, the Central Water Mission, the State Pollution Control Board, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and the Regional Pollution Control Board. The tribunal asked the committee to implement an additional survey within 3 months of its status and use.