NGT cancels Ministry's nod for Korba thermal plant
In Chhattisgarh, Korba district was identified as the fifth polluted industrial zone in the country and the the Environment Ministry imposed a moratorium on new industries in the district. But the Environment Ministry did a U-turn, having cleared a private 3x350 mw thermal power plant. The move overlooks not only the freeze the ministry had imposed, but also the venture is in violation of green norms. Now, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has quashed the Ministry's clearance given to the plant, noting that the nod was given illegally. In another case, the Environment Ministry used a loophole in its moratorium notification to clear a private port project in Maharashtra's Ratnagiri district.