Singrauli pollution: SC issues notice to Centre on plea alleging non-compliance of NGT order

  EJ News Network   2020-10-16 16:28:57 India Legal

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court issued notice to the Centre on a plea seeking compliance by industries as well as the authorities concerned with the NGT order to check acute pollution in Singrauli and Sonebhadra districts of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

Advocate Ashwani Kumar Dubey filed a plea before the apex court alleging that despite December 6, 2017 order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) neither the industries, nor the authorities concerned have taken any step to improve the environment in the area and people continue to suffer due to pollution.

A bench comprising Justices R F Nariman, Navin Sinha and K M Joseph sought response from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Central Pollution Control Board and others.

"Singrauli Region is the Critically Polluted Zone of the Country and there are 359 Industries situated in the Singrauli Area of which 259 are located in the State of Uttar Pradesh and 80 are located in the State of Madhya Pradesh."

"Among these Industries, Thermal Power Plants, Aluminum, Coal Mines and stone crushers are the major categories of Industries. There are 10 Thermal Power Plants, 2 Aluminum Plants, 10 Coal Mines dozens of explosive plants, Iron Industries, Chemical Industries, Carbon Plants and more than 500 Stone Crushers," the plea in the top court said.

In 2015, the tribunal had constituted a committee for monitoring the potential hazards of pollution due to industrial development in Singrauli area and had also constituted five sub- committees for quantification of industrial pollution and impact assessment of water, air, soil and health in the Singrauli region.

Ashwani Kumar Dubey had filed the plea in NGT seeking execution of its December 6 order, saying although the committee has been formed, it has not taken any step to restore the environment of the area.

"It is submitted that the orders have not been complied by the respondents and polluting industries. As a matter of fact, Hon’ble National Green Tribunal also did not look into the entire directions passed and dismissed the execution petition," said the plea, filed through advocate Ashutosh Sharma.

The Tribunal had ordered directions for proper disposal of Fly Ash generated by Power Plants. However, the impact on environment was neglaected. The industries continue to dispose the industrial waste and hazardous resdiues in the water bodies in the region making the water toxic and undrinkable.  

The petition, argued by senior advocate Ashok Kumar Sharma, said the NGT asked the petitioner to approach a Monitoring Committee, formed by the tribunal, on the issue and dismissed the plea.

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