Following a petition in the case last year, the green court December 24 stayed the construction of the dame in in Uttar Pradesh's Maoist-affected Sonebhadra district as impermissible for lack of a valid environment clearance (EC).

It was contended the previous EC and forest clearance to the Kanhar dam project, first envisaged in 1976, was not valid after 38 years.

Despite the stay order, the Uttar Pradesh government went ahead with the construction and the petitioners approached the court early last month with a contempt application against the state government.

Taking cognizance of the contempt, the NGT sought a reply from the state government but it failed to comply within the stipulated 10-day period.

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