The apex court has asked state pollution control boards to verify what action has been taken on ground by the industrial units over setting up of effluent treatment plants.
Supreme Court unleashed a crackdown against polluting industrial units today. The apex court has asked state pollution control boards to verify what action has been taken on ground by the industrial units over setting up of primary effluent treatment plants by issuing an order regarding the same. Over and on top of that, SC said that on expiry of 3-month notice period, state pollution control boards ‘shall inspect industrial units to ascertain ‘status of primary effluent treatment plants’. The apex court also said, “If industrial units don’t have working primary effluent treatment plants, they won’t be allowed to function anymore.”
To follow-up on the SC order and ensure compliance without fail, state pollution control boards will ask discoms or electricity supply boards concerned to disconnect power supply of defaulting industrial units. The Supreme Court has asked authorities to set up Common Effluent Treatment Plants within 3 years and apprise about their status to concerned National Green Tribunal (NGT) bench.
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Earlier in the week, SC hit out at the West Bengal government for not filing reply to a PIL on the release of untreated effluents by industries into river bodies across the state for which the environment secretary was asked to appear before it on February 22. A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar in a counsel said, “Every other state has filed its reply and you choose not to file it. Ask your (environment) secretary to remain present,” according to a report in the Indian express. This decision comes in the wake of a plea that was filed by an NGO named, Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti on the issue of pollution in that water bodies, including ground water, following which the apex court had issued notice to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, centre, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Chief Secretaries of 19 states including Gujarat.