SC asks central pollution board to frame standards for emission by industries
A bench of Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta directed the CPCB to prepare the standards for emission by June 30, which should be followed by industries by December this year.india Updated: May 02, 2017 21:18 IST
The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to prepare standards for emission by industries in the National Capital Region (NCR) to bring down the level of air pollutants.
A bench of Justices MB Lokur and Deepak Gupta directed the CPCB to prepare the standards for emission by June 30, which should be followed by industries by December this year. Senior advocate Harish Salve, who is assisting the court in the case, submitted that standards for emission should be formulated and if industries do not comply with them within sven month, then they should be closed down.
Salve, who is appearing in a 1985 PIL filed by environmentalist MC Mehta, also highlighted the ill-effects of petcoke and furnace oil used in industries on ambient air and said that the emissions from such units were highly toxic as these released high sulphur content.
The apex court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA), on the other hand claimed that even China has stopped using sulphur-heavy fuels since 2014 and Indian industries have been buying petcoke.
The counsel for the EPCA said that emission of sulphur oxides and nitrogen oxides has to be brought down for improving the quality of air in the national capital and adjoining areas.
Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar said that standards will be prescribed but some time is needed to persuade the industries operating in the NCR to switch over to alternative fuels. The bench said that the CPCB will start the exercise and by June it should come out with standards for emission.
Earlier, the apex court had said that the problem of air pollution was very serious and solutions needed to be found urgently, rather than in years.