The Supreme Court of India (“Supreme Court”) has accepted the recommendations of the Central Empowered Committee (“CEC”)i to utilise the existing 220 KV powerline alignment in Goa, instead of cutting down the trees in the virgin forests to lay a new 400 KV transmission line by Goa Tamnar Transmission Project Limited. The Court accepted this recommendation in the interest of the forests and wildlife of the ecologically fragile and biodiversity rich areas of Western Ghats. Accordingly, the Court also set aside the permission granted by National Board for Wildlife to cut down trees in protected areas.
In this case, Supreme Court was considering the proposal to lay down inter-state power transmission lines through protected areas of Karnataka and Goa.
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