When ONGC flouted coastal norms while laying down pipelines in the creek, the Uran’s magistratial court issued an order with guidelines to correct the same but the violations continue. The ONGC gas pipeline work is underway in distant areas of Uran. The work was conducted with alleged violations of environment and CRZ norms. The work also adversely affected the livelihood of local fishermen. The violations were challenged in Uran’s magisterial court. The court ordered that ONGC strictly comply with the center’s environmental rules and gave the responsibility of checking the same to the local administration. But despite the order, Punj Loyd the contractor continues to violate the orders of the court. Locals are disappointed and worried due to this. Locals recalled the environment friendly technique used by another contractor for a similar job twenty years ago but despite more technological progress the contractor is doing down market work, they allege. Uran’s Tehsildar Savita Panchal informed that a case against the contractor is filed in Uran Police Station since 2006. But since no action is being taken against the influential contractor, the locals are planning to again go to court against him for contempt of court. We also tried to speak with Punj Loyd Company but their officials refused to speak with us on camera. What comes to light is the fact if the Environment Dept. guidelines are just for the book – the less influential are booked for flouting while authorities sit as mute spectators as influential contractors and companies do graver violations. From Uran, with cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Rajeev Mishra for NMTV News.
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