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National Green Tribunal slapped a penalty of Rs 1 crore on CESU in the wake of the electrocution of seven elephants

New Delhi:30/10/18: In the wake of the electrocution of seven elephants inside the forest near Kamalanga village in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district on October 26, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday slapped a penalty of Rs 1 crore on the Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU).

Notably, the green panel had filed a case suo motu against CESU over the incident following reports published in the print and electronic media.

Hearing the case, a division bench of the NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel slapped a penalty of Rs 1 crore on CESU and directed the three-member committee of the Tribunal to visit the site where the mishap had taken place, for an on-the-spot investigation and submit a report.

A herd of 13 wild elephants had entered their village on October 27. While passing through the village, seven of them came in contact with a live wire pulled at a height of about eight feet above the ground and died on the spot.

According to reports, the railway authorities had assigned a company for the construction of a railway over-bridge in the area for which CESU had provided power from a temporary feeder by pulling the transmission line at a height of eight feet above the ground in gross violation of the Government of India guidelines.

Former PCCF, Bijay Ketan Patnaik said an 11 KV high-tension transmission line must be pulled at a height of 17-18 feet above the ground.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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