Environmental Clearance not retrospective, SC hauls up Sarda Mines for illegal mining activity in Odisha

Meera Emmanuel November 12 2018

The Supreme Court today reiterated that an Environmental Clearance cannot be given retrospective effect, while fixing responsibility on Sarda Mines Private Limited (SMPL) for carrying out illegal mining activities in excess of the terms of its mining lease.

SMPL had been granted permission to mine iron ore in Thakurani Mines, Odisha back in July 1999, for a period of 20 years between 2001 and 2021. The 1999 permission was for the extraction of 1.4 Million Tonnes (MT) of iron ore. In 2001, the mining lease was . . .

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