VIOLATE RULES, DESTROY FORESTS, ILLEGAL BLASTING and PAY FINE BECOMES NEW NORMS OF THE COMPANIES IN J&K.
Jammu: Nortern Region Strengthening Scheme (NRSS)-29, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) of M/s Sterlite Power is constructing a 400 KV Transmission line project form Samba to Amargarh in the state of J&K. The sterlite company along with their contractor Tata projects has been continuously violating rules of various guidelines on wildlife sanctuary by making foundations with the help of JCB’s and other heavy machineries, without getting prior approval of wildlife department. The j&k wildlife department has imposed a penalty of 2.47 crs on these companies but these companies havent pay a single penny of the amount. Moreover this penalty is initial and the full amount of the penalty is yet to be decided by the committee framed by the state government.
In part also Sterlite power was in limelight for this project due to various scoundrel activities i.e violation of forests, cutting of walnut trees in Srinagar section without having proper permissions from concerned department and now again they are in limelight by starting blasting in the hirpora wildlife sanctuary shopian without getting approval of state wildlife department. The act of blasting in any wildlife area in totally illegal and a serious offence which is need to be investigated.
As confirmes by State wildlife department, niether Sterlite nor tata projects have requested for the approval of blasting, on the other hand they are continuously violating rules and guidelines set by our prestigious institutions. Moreover local administration is watching all these wrongdoings as a mute spectator. In addition to this PMO wrote a letter to Chief Wildlife Warden J&K to check and stop tjese violations immediately.But till date there is not any action seen on the ground from these governing bodies. This blasting will directly cause harm to various animals living in the hirpora wildlife sanctuary like Markhor and other endangered species.
From the series of these unfavourable incidents, it is believed that Sterlite and Tata Projects are doing all these wrongdoings for early completion of their project without bothering about any rules and safety of animals and environmental, ecological balance. Once commissioned, company will generate huge revenue from this project. To meet their insatiable desires, company is not complying with the rules and regulations of the state thus there are number of violations. To curb these type of situations in future, proper investigation should be carried out to restore the faith and confidence of people and for stopping the company’s illict working