Chinese giant Chromeni Steels, in Gujarat’s Mundra block, Kutchh district was ordered to stop all activities in its steel plant by National Green Tribunal. It was being constructed without environment clearance. It’s a 6000-core project. Environment activist Gajendra Singh Jadeja filed a petition against it.
“Considering the fact that EC is necessary (under Environment Impact Assessment Notification 2006), which was also our prima facie view held earlier, we direct the respondent industry to stop its activities until clarification is received from the MoEFCC (The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change),” the tribunal ordered in its order.
Chromeni Steels is a joint venture (JV) between four India partners and Tsinghan Industries of China.
The company plans to set up a steel rolling mill unit with a capacity of 7 lakh tpa in Mundra block between Ratadiya and Kundrodi villages on an area of 213 hac.
On 23 January 2018, Mr. Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister, Gujarat performed the ground-breaking ceremony of the manufacturing plant.
As per the media reports, not only was the project commissioned but,
• The project was allowed to construct without taking permission from conversion to non-agricultural purposes and given a post-facto permission in July 2019.
• The company started its production without consent to operate from the Gujarat State Pollution Control Board.
• The company received incentives under Gujarat’s Ultra Mega and Mega Scheme in March.
The next hearing of the case is on January 14, 2020.
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