Thursday, August 23, 2007

ALIBAUG power plant stayed till next hearing

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Friday, August 24, 2007 9:23:00 AM

Ambani’s power plant stayed till next hearing

Chittaranjan Tembhekar

ALIBAUG-NAVI MUMBAI: Bombay High Court on Thursday stayed Reliance Energy’s 4000MW power plant, that was proposed to be built in Shahpur near Alibaug in Raigad district.

The court has asked the Anil Ambani-led company not to commence the project till the next hearing with the state ministry of environment and forest and subsequent orders from the court.

The project envisages constructing 2800 MW gas-based power plant and 1200 MW coal-based thermal power generation unit. Interestingly, Reliance Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Maharashtra government only for the gas-based plant while the MoU for coal plant was yet to be signed. The petition was filed by Shetkari Sangharsh Samiti.

According to sources, the plant’s construction was scheduled to begin soon. The court has asked the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board to submit the report of a public hearing conducted on August 4, 2007, to the ministry and has in turn directed the ministry to take appropriate decision in accordance with law by giving a proper hearing to Reliance.

Advocate JJ Bhat appeared for Reliance Energy and told the court that the ministry of environment had so far not accorded approval to the project.

Adv Suresh Pakale appeared on behalf of the Samiti. RV Govilkar appeared for the pollution board and Pradip Patil for the state government.

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