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Forest Dept initiates process for legal action against KIIT

Bhubaneswar, Nov 3: The Trouble is brewing for KIIT and its founder Achyuta Samanta, as the Odisha Govt initiates process for legal action for violation environmental laws. The State government has directed the Khurda Collector to take legal action against Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology which proviso the criminal prosecution.

Acting on a notice of sixty days under section 19(b) of the Environment Protection Act 1986 by Green Campaigner Subash Mohapatra, the Director of Environment cum Special Secretary to Government of the Forest and Environment department of the State has directed the Collector.

'The District collector has been empowered by Central Govt to take cognizance of offence committed within jurisdiction of revenue district under section 19 of E(P) Act and initiate legal action', reads the letter.

Further, the letter directs, 'please examine the case after conducting the inquiry in consultation with SPCB with reference to Citizenary Charge Note and take legal action against the above project proponents as per provisions contained under section 19 of EP Act 1986'.

Earlier, the petitioner has approached the authority with notice of sixty days along with Citizenry Charge Note I & II giving details about the violation of   Environment Protection Act by Kalinga Institute of Industrial technology.

The citizenarry charge note has alleged KIIT has posed as the environmental hazard in the locality and affected the water, air issues, including the noise which is well settled in law, and Supreme Court of India has consistently taken the view that right to life includes the right to a decent environment.

It is to be noted that, information revealed through RTI that Achyuta Samanta led organizations run without approval from environmental authority. Further,  NGT has directed to restore the pristine conditions of forest which is under illegal possession of his organizations.

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