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Satellite imagery aids to judiciary

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India: The Gujarat High Court (in India) ordered a stay on all construction activities at the Nirma Ltd’s upcoming cement plant in Mahuva taluka of Bhavnagar district (in Gujarat, India) while hearing a petition by farmers opposing it. During the hearing of the case, farmers’ lawyer Anand Yagnik submitted satellite imageries, obtained from National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad showing the water bodies near Samadhiyada village where Nirma Ltd’s cement plant is coming up.

A division bench of Chief Justice S J Mukhopadhaya and Justice Akil Kureshi ordered that the stay would become effective from Thursday (March 18) following a request by Nirma Ltd’s lawyer Mihir Thakore, who said that his clients needed a day’s time to finish construction of a concrete raft which was already on the verge of completion.

The Court was hearing petition by Shree Mahuva Bandhara Khetiwadi Pariyavaran Ran Bachav Samitee (SMBKPRBS) consisting of farmers who are opposing Nirma Ltd’s cement plant contending 222 hectares of land that out of the 268 hectare allotted to the company,  belongs to a water body.

Source: Business Line