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The power ministry was seeking to let regional officials grant forest clearances for projects that have an area up to 40 hectares

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Environmental clearances for CIL projects, 20/03/2017. Coal India Limited (CIL) is not facing any difficulty with the MoEF & CC in obtaining clearances for coal projects.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Janajagrithi Samithi Vs Union of India & Others dated 03/03/2017 regarding construction of transmission lines from Udupi to Hassan. According to the appellant, the construction work had started even before forest clearance was obtained under Section 2 of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.

PANJIM: The High Court of Bombay at Goa has issued notice to Union Ministry for Environment and Forests (MoEF) in connection with a petition related to issuance of forest clearance for felling tree

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Durga Kishan Vs State of Odisha & Others dated 17/02/2017. The principal ground raised in this OA (Original Application) is that the expansion of State Highway No. 10 from Rourkela to Sambalpur in the State of Odisha is being carried out by without obtaining Forest Clearance.

The Eastern Zone Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued a notice to all the respondents, including Tata Steel and the Odisha government, following a petition seeking an injunction on

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone, Chennai) in the matter of Narayana Manjunatha Hegde & Others Vs Union of India & Others dated 08/02/2017 regarding Environment Clearance (EC) granted by the State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA), Karnataka dated 17/02/2011 for establishing Municipal Solid Waste Plant (MSW Plant) in Manaki Village, Kumta Taluk, Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of T. N. Godavarman Thirumulpad Vs Union of India & Others dated 03/02/2017 regarding mining in private forest land without forest clearance in Goa.

Supreme Court directs that mining leases having forest area may be renewed only after obtaining prior approval under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 and Rule 24A of the Mineral Concession Rules, 1960 is subject to the compliance of the provisions of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.

((I.A.NO. 2348-2349 IN W.P.(C) NO.202/1995)

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Biren Kr. Pradhan & Others Vs State of Odisha & Others dated 11/01/2017 regarding expansion of National Highway No. 49 from Bhojpur to Chhatabar Section covering a stretch of 200 Kms without obtaining forest clearance under the Forest (Conservation) act, 1980 even though 19.58 Ha of forest land are involved. NGT directs National Highway Division, Deogarh

and M/s Sridurga Condev to withhold further work on the project if forest clearance has not been obtained under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Manoj Kumar Banara & Others Vs State of Odisha & Others dated 05/01/2017 regarding diversion of 1419.95 ha of of forest land for the purpose of iron ore based industries at Jakhapura (Near Daitari) in Cuttack District of Orissa.NGT notes that Clause 6 of the Forest Clearance dated 3.2.1993 prohibits the user agency in cutting of 1.13 lakhs trees situated at 76 ha and directs the Respondent to submit before the Court that they have not cut any trees in the said area.

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