CHITRADURGA: The Southern Bench of National Green Tribunal has disposed of the application filed against IISc, DRDO, BARC, ISRO and institutions by environmentalist Leo Saldanha and Environment Support Group (ESG), alleging that their projects are damaging the environment.
The bench recently allowed the institutions to continue with their infrastructure and developmental works. Applying the doctrine of sustainable development, it held that the science majors are not to be restrained from carrying on their proposed projects in view of the allegations made by the applicants. However, the institutions were directed to get environmental clearance and consent from Ministry of Environment and Forests and Karnataka State Pollution Control Board or they would be restrained from Carrying out any activity in the region, the bench stated.
The bench, which heard the arguments closely, observed that the Amrit Mahal Kaval lands allotted to the science institutions are not forest lands. Further, it also found that the case was barred by limitation only in respect of the allotments made.
The Tribunal has also directed the Government of Karnataka not to make any further allocation of Amrit Mahal Kaval lands in the district to anyone on any reason or for any purpose other than the purpose for which it has been allotted. Since the matter is related to environment and ecology, it has clarified that there would be no room for compromise.
In their application, ESG and Leo Saldanha stated the Amrit Mahal Kaval lands as forest lands and were sensitive zones and allotting 10,282 acres of land to science institutions might cause serious damage to the environment.