Brief summary of the arguments on behalf of the appellant - Laxmi Chouhan dated August 7, 2020.

An application was filed before the NGT challenging the Environmental Clearance (EC) dated February 20, 2018 granted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to the South Eastern Coalfields Ltd. for the expansion of Dipka Open Cast Coal Mines from 31 to 35 MTPA in Chhattisgarh.

Report by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (HoFF), Uttarakhand dated February 15, 2020 in compliance of NGT order of January 16 2020 in O.A. No. 01/2020. The matter relates to construction made by the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board in forest land in Park Estate, Hathipaon, Mussoorie, Dehradun district without approval under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Bharti Kawatra Vs Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board & Others dated 16/01/2020 regarding illegal construction activity in forest area without requisite approval under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 at Park Estate, Hathipaon, Mussoorie, Dehradun District, Uttarakhand.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Vinaykumar Vithalrao Jatha Vs State of Maharashtra & Others dated 05/12/2019 regarding establishment of a 26 MW Co-generation unit on a land bearing Gut No. 52/2 in village Limpangaon, Taluk Shrigonda, District Ahmednagar, Maharashtra on the ground that the project falls within the Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ) of the Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary. Also, the land (Gut No. 52/2) is a forest land which cannot be diverted for non-forest activity without clearance under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Centre for Environment Protection Vs State of West Bengal & Others dated 09/12/2019 regarding Chalfilh Tourist Destination Project, Phase I & II, Mizoram.

The applicant had said that the project was in violation of Forest Act, 1980 and Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2006. The affidavit filed by Mizoram has conceded to the environmental violations alleged in the application.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Centre for Environment Protection Vs Union of India & Others dated 30/10/2019 regarding Chalfilh Tourist Destination Phase I & II, Mizoram.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Hemant Kumar Rajoria Vs Union of India & Others dated 29/04/2019 regarding non-forest activities at the reserve forest of Bandh Ki Gadi, Amagarh, Jaipur, Rajasthan. The petitioner has submitted that even after the interim order of 31/05/2018 which had prohibited any interference in the reserved forest without prior approval from MoEF, activities including leveling of the ground after removing vegetation, fencing and construction of wall, where there is a forest area fall on both the sides, use of road rollers are still going on.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Paryavaran Bachav Samity Vs Union of India & Others dated 24/04/2019 regarding approval for Ambardi Wildlife Interpretation Zone (Ambardi Safari Park) at Dhari in Amreli District, Gujarat under Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.

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Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Lt. Col. (Retd.) Sarvadaman Singh Oberoi Vs State of Haryana & Others dated 05/03/2019 on whether the land measuring 52.2991 acres in Village Sarai Khawaja, Faridabad, Haryana is a forest as per stand of the officials of Forest Department of State of Haryana and whether the contrary view taken in letters dated 24.4.2017 and 1.5.2017 by the Additional Chief Secretary (Forests) of the State is illegal. Further M/s Ajay Enterprises Pvt.

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