SC stays NGT order mandating green clearance for Metro, rail projects

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed a National Green Tribunal (NGT) order mandating environmental clearance for all Metro and other rail projects prior to their launch.

A bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar stayed the May 31, 2016 order of the NGT after Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the court that it is coming in the way of various projects, including Metro, and the East-West and North-South dedicated freight corridors.

The apex court order came on a petition by the Dedicated Freight Corridors Corporation of India (DFCCI).