Green tribunal asks MoEF to form compliance standards on coal supply

Coming down heavily on the environment ministry, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked it to prepare a scheme on compliance of standards of coal supply in the country. Besides directions to frame the mechanism, the tribunal has imposed a “litigation cost” running into a few lakhs on the ministry, along with a warning of “cohesive action”, to the extent of attaching the ministry’s property if it continues to delay proceedings.

“In case the aforesaid directions are not complied with, the tribunal will be compelled to enhance the litigation costs and issue further directions to recover the costs by coercive method, through agency of civil court, by attachment of property of the ministry,” reads an April 20 order passed by the western bench headed by justice VR Kingaonkar.

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