In a major relief to Dr A.S. Bindra, father of Olympic medallist Abhinav Bindra, the Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has accepted the plea of Punjab Meats Limited, challenging the 2006 closure order on grounds that it did not install a pollution control system.
The orders were passed after the Punjab Pollution Control Board held that during inspection, the effluent treatment plant installed at the unit was found to be sufficient for handling the processing and treating 350 buffaloes and not 500, the actual capacity of the machinery.
PML Industries had also submitted an undertaking before the court that it would process not more than 350 animals in a single day.
The Bench, comprising Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice Jasbir Singh, issued directions to allow the unit to operate and slaughter 350 animals.
The Bench also directed the PPCB and CPCB to ensure that provisions of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1974 and Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981 were complied with and the unit did not exceed the processing exceeding the limits specified.
PML Industries Limited had moved the HC challenging the orders passed by PPCB on April 4, 2006, asking the unit to close operations for not installing the ETP system, which was later installed.