Mizoram: Lunglei district authorities censure NHIDCL for violating environmental laws
ities on Wednesday censured National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation or NHIDCL for alleged violations of environmental laws
South Mizoram’s Lunglei district authorities on Wednesday censured National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation or NHIDCL for alleged violations of environmental laws and instructed the NHIDCL to ensure that excavated soil is dumped only into the identified soil banks.
Lunglei District Monitoring Committee on Compliance of Environmental Laws in a meeting chaired by district deputy commissioner Kulothungan A also directed the NHIDCL to construct appropriate protective walls so as to prevent damage and siltation to any land, lakes or rivers.
The DC instructed the central government-owned highway construction company and contractors working under it to give high priority to the issue, and ensure compliance so as to avoid repercussions.
He said that as the committee was tasked to deal with all the matters regarding safeguard of the environment for all development projects in the district, swift action will be taken against those found in violation of Environmental Laws within the District.
Member Secretary of the committee PC Lalchhandama, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Lunglei stated that his office has conducted inspections along NH-54 & NH-302, where it was found that contractors have been dumping excavated soil outside the designated dumping areas.
The company and other contractors have been given a timeline of 15 days for compliance. Follow up meetings as well as site inspection would soon be scheduled by the Committee after the deadline.
Following protests by well-known social activist Vanramchhuangi, popularly known as Ruatfela Nu, the PCCF had instructed all the DFOs to undertake on the spot verification of the construction works of the NHIDCL.
Reports from different places said that the contractors constructing roads in a number of areas under the NHIDCL had been disposing of the excavated soil by dumping it into the forest in the hill slopes, causing massive problems for the vehicles and people travelling along the roads below the ongoing road constructions.
The reports also said that environmental damage had been done in the forests along the constructed roads by not only damaging trees but also by the soil dumped in the rivers.
First Published: 23rd June, 2022 9:37 IST
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