Theni neutrino project clearance shot down

Chennai: The Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal on Monday scrapped the Environmental Clearance (EC) for the India- based Neutrino Observatory (INO) Mission in Theni district, thwarting the efforts of scientific neighborhood to rearrange the extreme end tunnel laboratory. Nonetheless, inexperienced activists have been elated on the interim order as they have been crying foul over the problem proposed on the pristine Bodi hills, which operate a water catchment and forest buffer zone.

Isolating the EC obtained from the Ministry of Setting, Forests and Native climate Change (MoEFCC), the southern bench of the Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal ordered the INO Mission workforce to file a recent software program for the clearance.

The courtroom docket had thought-about two predominant loopholes inside the Environmental Clearance. The INO problem workforce had termed the problem as class B of the Setting Have an effect on Analysis (EIA) Notification 2006, nonetheless adopted the procedures of Class A for the clearance. The second setback has been the absence of a clearance from the Nationwide Board of Wild Life, as a result of the problem is proposed merely 4.5 kms from Madikettan Shola Nationwide Park.

Beneath the EIA Notification, 2006, duties related to mining, inter-state actions and hydro tunnel formations are included beneath class A, mandating a clearance from the MoEFCC, solely after conducting a public listening to and conducting an analysis with a credited firm.

Duties beneath class B, which are construction-based actions require a grant from the State Stage Setting Have an effect on Analysis Authority.

It is to be well-known that the INO problem workforce didn’t conduct a public listening to and an accurate analysis from a credited firm. The Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Pure Historic previous had carried out an ecological impression analysis, which the tribunal declared as ‘unaccredited agency’

“The project at the West Bodi hills of Pottipuram village of Theni district, which involves blasting of hard rocks using explosives, is proposed at one km from the Tamil Nadu – Kerala border. It is a clear case of category A,” acknowledged the petitioner, Sundar Rajan of Poovulagin Nanbargal.

“The project involves the usage of explosives and is a threat to the highly sensitive ecology of the Western Ghats. Why did the INO Project team conduct a study if they believed it to be a category B project?” argued the Counsel of applicant. The counsel for the respondent, nonetheless, acknowledged that the prior EIA is for the precaution.