Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding expansion of National Highway 234, Tamil Nadu, 21/04/2016

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone, Chennai) in the matter of N. Subrahmanyam Vs Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change & Others dated 21/04/2016. This application is filed seeking for a permanent injunction against the authorities from proceeding with the project of expansion of National Highway awarded subsequent to common tender Notification dated 9.4.2015 involving cutting and removal of trees. According to the applicant, the Tender notification dated 9.4.2015 for providing paved shoulder in Km 81/0 – 203/0, including reconstruction and widening of culvert in NH 234 (New NH 38), is more than 100 km and therefore under the EIA Notification, 2006 it requires Environmental Clearance (EC) .