India’s National Green Tribunal cancelled clearance for a major South Korean steel plant in Orisha on Friday. The steel plant was being constructed despite a committee of enquiry constituted by the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) finding that environmental and forest clearance permits had been illegally issued. Communities continued to protest the plant in the face of numerous arrests.
The National Green Tribunal has directed that a ‘fresh review of the project’ be undertaken before any clearance to proceed with construction is issued. Key issues to be considered in this review are water, pollution, impact on surrounding wetlands and mangroves, and cyclone risk. Please read more about the cancelled clearance here.