Terming the direction by the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) to halt work on its cement plant at Bhavnagar district in Gujarat as "illegal", Nirma Ltd has said the orders had no binding on the company.
The ministry had on March 12 ordered "permanent suspension of work" at the 1.91 million tonne per annum capacity cement plant, along with its captive power and coke oven plant near Padhiarka village in Mahuva taluka of Bhavnagar district.
It had also directed the company to respond to a notice as to "why the environmental clearance accorded to the project should not be revoked and stoppage of the work not be made permanent".
On the same day, the company wrote a letter to the Environment Ministry stating the direction under Section 5 of the Environment Protection Act 1986, to stop implementation including construction work of the project, was "completely without jurisdiction or authority of law, including in violation of the principle of natural justice".
"And at the same time it cannot bind us at this stage," the letter signed by the company's Vice-president V N Desai said.
Also terming the direction by Ministry as 'unjust', the company said it was in the process of filing a detailed reply and preparing for a personal hearing.