The National Green Tribunal has ordered a private company to pay environmental compensation of Rs 20 crore to the State pollution control board (SPCB). The company had flouted rules for illegal extraction of soil, moorum earth and other minor minerals while completing a railway project. The company was laying the earth bed of the Angul-Duburi-Sukinda Railway line. The tribunal has directed them to deposit the fine to the SPCB within two months.
This decision was given by a five-member bench headed by Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel after an application filed by Sasee Bhoosan Patnaik, who is from Keonjhar. Sankar Prasad, the advocate for the applicant, submitted that the company has been extracting soil, morrum earth and other minor minerals without conducting a proper environmental assessment. The concerned area is a forest area, and no permission or clearance has been taken according to the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.