U’khand HC seeks NDMA’s input on NTPC project

  • | Wednesday | 27th September, 2023

Dehradun: A division bench of Chief Justice Vipin Sangi and Justice Alok Verma, hearing a petition related to NTPCs Tapovan Vishnugad hydropower project, directed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to hear both NTPC and petitioner and, if necessary, the state government too.The NDMA has been directed to give recommendations within two weeks whether the work being carried out by NTPC should be allowed to continue. The court said based on the NDMA recommendation, the state government will take a final decision on granting permission for further work at Tapovan Vishnugad. In view of the Joshimath subsidence, the sub-divisional magistrate of Joshimath had stopped the NTPC tunnel work in January. NTPC demanded it be allowed to carry out essential work, otherwise, it will suffer irreparable damage and injury. Counsel for NTPC Sanjay Jain said in the light of several expert reports, there is no justification for continuation of the ban imposed by the SDM.Meanwhile, petitioners counsel said the reports support the case of the petitioner that the ban should be continued. Chief standing counsel CS Rawat submitted that work should be allowed or not after obtaining the NDMA report. After considering all submissions, the court directed NDMA to hear NTPC as well as the petitioner and said the petitioner may also submit a brief to NDMA along with relevant materials within three days.We also published the following articles recentlyUkhand HC seeks NDMAs input on NTPC projectThe Uttarakhand High Court has directed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to hear both NTPC and the petitioner regarding the Tapovan Vishnugad hydropower project. The NDMA has been given two weeks to provide recommendations on whether the project should continue. The state government will then make a final decision based on the NDMAs recommendation. NTPC argues that there is no justification for the ban imposed by the sub-divisional magistrate, while the petitioners counsel believes the ban should be continued.Joshimath sinking: 2 institutes give clean chit to NTPC plantThe Geological Survey of India (GSI) and the National Institute of Hydrology (NIH) have given a clean chit to the NTPCs Tapovan-Vishnugad hydel project in Joshimath, Chamoli district. The NIH report stated that the gushing waters in Jaypee Colony were not connected to the hydel project. The report suggested that the burst of the aquifer in Jaypee Colony may have been caused by the blockage of a sub-surface channel. The GSI also stated that blast-induced damages from the hydel project were unlikely to have contributed to the situation.Communication wins awards for NTPC North KaranpuraThe NTPC North Karanpura power plant in Chatra was honored with multiple awards at the 17th Global Communication Council of Indias conclave in Delhi. The awards were received in various categories of public relations and communication. The recognition highlights NTPCs dedication to communication excellence and its contribution to societal well-being. Additionally, the NTPCs Tapovan-Vishnugad hydel project in Chamoli district received a clean chit from the Geological Survey of India (GSI) and the National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), stating that the project was not responsible for the flooding in Jaypee Colony. The Rajya Shiksha Kendra (RSK) in Madhya Pradesh is also training government school teachers in sign language to improve communication with disabled students.

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