Writ Petition Dismissed by Orissa High Court In Matter of Sub-Station Construction

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The writ petition has been filed by the Advocate Sri S  Mandal on behalf of villagers challenging the order dated 20.03.2020 passed by the respondent i.e Collector, Dhenkanal.

Facts of The Case 

The Advocate Sri S Mandal has filed this writ petition on behalf of the villagers. The villagers have alleged that the sub-station of GAIL (India) Ltd. is constructed in Gochar Kissam Govt. land with a distance of 50 meters from the village and 30 meters from the school. Jagdushishpur-Haldia and Bokaro Dharma Natural Gas pipeline are being developed in Odisha, Jharkhand, and West Bengal. It will extend to West Bengal and Odisha. As such, the villagers opposed the construction and requested to shift the sub-station to any other place. This is writ is in furtherance of the order dated 20.03.2020 passed by the respondent Collector, Dhenkanal. 

Petitioner’s Submission

The petitioner submits that the opposite party mechanically decided the matter without making any filed inquiry. It is submitted that the opposite party has wrongly concluded that the valve substation is being constructed at a distance of 100 meters from the nearby private building and school of village Khuntabati. This finding was recorded without any measurement in the presence of the villagers.

Respondent’s Submission

The respondent Collector submits that as per the guidelines of Oil Industry Safety Directorate Standard-226, the distance of the pipeline should be more than 15 meters from any private dwelling or any building.

Court’s Order

The Court dismissed the writ petition filed by the petitioner. The decision of the Court is based on the fact that the petitioner’s themselves have admitted that the substation is constructed over Gochar land with a distance of 50 meters from the village and 30 meters from the School.


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