As per the documents available with TNIE, Dharmendra Kumar Gupta, director of the environment ministry’s infrastructure division, has submitted the note.
The court had called for a hearing on January 27, but the petitioner’s side sought time, saying its advocate was down with Covid-19.
Amid pressure from Union govt, TN cites proximity of tiger corridor and Western Ghats’ ecological fragility as reasons for its stance
The contentious India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) case will come up for admission before the Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in Delhi on Friday.
MDMK cadre immolated himself in protest against the India-based Neutrino Observatory project in Theni district, which is deemed environmentally hazardous by certain group.
The ministry accorded environmental clearance to the neutrino project at Pottipuram village in Uthamapalayam taluk in Theni district promoted by the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.
The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) recently recommended grant of environment clearance to the INO.
The INO in Theni district, which suffered multiple delays having caught-up in political activism, has been cleared by Environment Ministry after a geo-technical probe report allayed ecological fears.
Expert Appraisal Committee of Union Environment Ministry takes up request for grant of environment clearance as special case.
INO project director says MoEF may not insist on EIA, public hearing