522308 : Business : NEAA dismisses appeal against Maharashtra Energy Generation
NEAA dismisses appeal against Maharashtra Energy Generation
Published: March 12,2009
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New Delhi, Mar 12 The National Environment Appellate Authority has dismissed the appeal filed by a farmers&aposassociation challenging environment clearance order for the Shahpur project of Maharashtra Energy Generation Ltd, a Reliance ADAG group company.
The appeal was filed by Shetkari Sangharsh Samiti, which challenged the environment clearance for setting up a 4,000 MW natural gas and coal based power project at Shahapur district, Raigad.
The appeal was filed on the ground that the environment clearance order was based on misleading information, it did not take note of the Environment Protection Act and would lead to acute water logging problem in adjoining villages.
Besides, the gas based thermal power plant is unviable without standby fuel, while the order permits only two types of fuels namely coal and gas. Meanwhile, acute water problem was also envisaged in Alibag Taluka because of the proposed Thermal power plant.
The project, proposed to be implemented in two phases, requires 919 hectare.
Estimated project cost is Rs 12,000 crore which includes Rs 218 crore for environmental protection measures.