New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed authorities in the State of Uttar Pradesh to keep a vigil against illegal operation of brick kilns so as to protect the air quality in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The issue for consideration was the remedial action against illegal operation of brick kilns in District Baghpat, U.P. where 600 brick kilns were claimed to be illegally operating. The Tribunal was hearing the pleas filed by journalist Shailesh Singh,Vikas Singh and Rajbeer Singh seeking action against brick kilns, which were operating without complying to pollution norms and causing immense air pollution and water pollution impacting the health of the people of entire region.
The Additional District Magistrate had filed a report stating that the brick kilns operating had been closed. Advocates Pradeep Misra and Daleep Dhyani appeared for Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board. Advocate Raj Kumar appeared for the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
A three-judge Bench comprising Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, Justice S. P. Wangdi and expert member Dr. Nagin Nanda observed, "The concerned Authorities in the State of U.P. may keep a vigil against illegal operation of brick kilns so as to protect the air quality in the NCR.”
The tribunal further dismissed the plea seeking permission to operate brick kilns in the district of Baghpat, while listing the matter for further consideration on January 11, 2021..
The NGT had earlier directed the CPCB to conduct a carrying capacity study of brick kilns in NCR and neighbouring regions and its impact on the ambient air quality.