• The Assam government has been urged to take action against the Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) for non-compliance of the Supreme Court and National Green Tribunal’s orders to demolish a wall erected on a major elephant corridor.
  • The refinery is in Golaghat and a 2.2 km wall around its extended township is on the Deopahar Reserve Forest, besides blocking the route of elephants.
  • The reserve forest falls within the No-Development Zone around Kaziranga National Park.
  • The NGT had on August 24, 2016, ordered the public sector refinery to demolish the wall.
  • But the refinery pulled down only a 289-metre stretch of the wall within the month’s deadline set by NGT.
  • The case was taken to the Supreme Court, which on January 18 this year ordered NRL to comply with the NGT order and demolish the entire wall.
  • It is stated that the illegal boundary wall constructed by NRL in the Deopahar forest of No-Development Zone be demolished immediately.
  • In case no action is taken urgently to demolish the said boundary wall, then the undersigned will be constrained to take legal recourse.