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Close polluting units in 3 months: NGT

 

Economic Development Can’t Take Place At Cost Of Public Health, Says Tribunal In Pan-India Order

New Delhi:

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to shut down polluting industries in “critically polluted” and “severely polluted” areas across the country within three months, saying that economic development cannot take place at the cost of public health.

The directions, put up on the NGT website on Tuesday, were issued on July 10 basis a joint study carried out by the CPCB and state pollution control boards in 2009-10.

A bench led by NGT chief Justice A K Goel issued the directions asking the CPCB, in coordination with state chapters, to assess the quantum of compensation to be recovered from polluting units for the last five years taking into account the cost of restoration and cost of damage to public health and the environment, and the deterrence element.

“The scale of deterrence may be related to the period and the frequency of defaults. Such other factors as may be found relevant may also be taken into account. No further industrial activities or expansion be allowed with regard to ‘red’ and ‘orange’ category units till the said areas are brought within the prescribed parameters...,” the bench said.

It directed CPCB to compile a report on polluted industrial areas based on water and air pollution norms and notify such information in the public domain within three months, while also directing the environment and forests ministry to implement an action plan.

According to the study, 88 industrial clusters were notified as “polluted industrial areas” and were ranked as “critically polluted area”, “severely polluted area” and “other polluted areas”.