The plant should be relocated elsewhere outside the Samadhiala bandhara.
The report was discussed by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) in a meeting held on May 5. The representatives of the Gujarat government insisted in the EAC meeting that the land in question is 'wasteland' as per the revenue records. They claimed that the cement plant will not affect the environment or the bandhara in any way and endorsed the Shelat Committee recommendations. The EAC concluded the matter by saying that the land in question is indeed a wetland or a waterbody. They felt that the land should have been reclassified in the revenue records after the construction of the bandhara.
The EAC agreed with the findings of the EC report and believes that any activity that will affect the wetland or the waterbody should not be allowed in the area. It suggested that alternative sites maybe available in the vicinity and a waterbody will not be given up for a cement plant. The environmental clearance accorded to the cement plant in December 2008 hence was revoked since it was based on undisclosed and incorrect information. The Supreme Court has kept its decision on the matter on hold till May 13. CSE has been actively involved in the case and has worked closely with the local community in bringing out the flaws in the environmental clearance process.