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HC seeks report on polluting factories

The high court of Uttarakhand has directed the Uttarakhand Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board (UEPPCB) to again check factories which had objected to pollution control standards and submit a reply by Monday. The division bench of chief justice Ramesh Ranganathan and justice NS Dhanik issued this direction while hearing on a public interest litigation filed regarding factories in the state not meeting the standards set by the Central Pollution Control Board.

In the past, on behalf of the State, the division bench had been informed that notices for closure had been issued for 130 factories after identification of such units that were not meeting the pollution control board standards. Before this, the court had sought a list of factories in the State from the Central Pollution Control Board. In response, the court had been informed that there were about 35 factories in the State that were not fulfilling the standards of the Central Pollution Control Board. On the basis of this, the high court had directed the State Government to undertake necessary action.

It is pertinent to mention here that Udham Singh Nagar resident Himanshu Chandola had filed a public interest litigation stating that there were more than two dozen factories in Udham Singh Nagar that were generating air and water pollution. The pollution generated by these factories had also caused fatal diseases among some of the local residents. Further, it was also stated in the petition that the pollution caused by the factories had rendered the farmlands unfit for agriculture. The effluent from the factories was being discharged into farmlands and rivers which was damaging the land and also contaminating the rivers, the petitioner had stated. The division bench has set the petition for hearing next on Monday.

Saturday, 13 April 2019 | PNS | Nainital

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