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NRL review plea dismissed


GUWAHATI, Aug 7 - The National Green Tribunal (NGT) through its August 3, 2017 order dismissed the review application filed by the Numaligarh Refinery Limited on the demolition of its boundary wall demarcating the boundary of the new NRL township.

�We are of the view that in view of categorical finding already recorded by the Tribunal that the area where the wall came up and the area where proposed township is to come up is a part of Deopahar Reserve Forest, rehearing on merits is not permissible,� the NGT said. �Accordingly, we do not find any ground for review of order dated 24.08.2016. The review application is dismissed,� it said.

Earlier on August 24, 2016, the NGT observed, among others, that the barbed wire and razor�s edge fencing along the said wall is extremely dangerous to the elephants and other wildlife passing through the vicinity. As a result, some elephants have died after the wall came up, as brought out in the video clipping given by applicant. �The elephant corridors have to be preserved to protect their habitats from fragmentation,� it had ruled, stating that the wall and the proposed township are in violation of the �No Development Zone� order.

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