A bench headed by NGT Chaiperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the panel to submit a report on whether excessive water extraction by LPGCL had impacted agricultural productivity in the area, but refused to quash environmental clearance to the plant.
“A team of officers from the Environment and Forests Ministry, Central Pollution Control Board, UP Pollution Control Board and UP’s Irrigation Department would conduct an inspection and ensure that temporary abstraction of water from the Buragaon Check Dam is permitted without any adverse effect either on the agricultural activities or upon recharging of the ground water…
“The Committee shall also submit a report to the Tribunal that if unauthorised or even excessive drawal of water by the Project Proponent has caused loss of agricultural productivity to the dependent farmers, then extent of compensation payable to them,” the bench said.
The green panel directed the power plant to complete the pipeline from Rajghat minor canal to the project site “at the earliest and in any case, not later than three months”.
It also made it clear that once the pipeline is completed, the project proponent will not be permitted to draw any water from any of the check dam on river Sajnam.
The Tribunal was hearing a plea of UP resident Mohar Singh Yadav seeking quashing of environmental clearance granted to the plant, alleging that LPGCL could not have extracted water directly from the river or the check dams which were primarily meant for agricultural purposes.