In a petition filed by a city resident to cease the quarrying of Parsik Hill, National Green Tribunal (NGT) has rescheduled the hearing to November 3, 2017.
Anil Mohekar, regional officer of MPCB stated, “It was scheduled for hearing Wednesday by a two-member bench comprising a retired high court judge and the other a technical member, but the latter is unwell and hospitalised.”
Since the tribunal last met on August 28, 2017, affidavits have also been filed by all the concerned government parties. “We wanted to check the listing of the case for Wednesday’s hearing but saw that all cases for October 3 and 4 have been rescheduled on different dates—October 30, November 3 and 6”, as stated by the Navi Mumbai quarry owner’s association, shedding some more light on the case.
As per the earlier hearing by the tribunal, the final hearing was scheduled on August 28. The hearing contended that the mining activities, which has been done more than the permissible limits in the hill, should be stopped. The case covers 70 leases, which falls under Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) area and stone chips quarrying.