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Centre submits plan to check pollution in Noida

The Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) on Tuesday submitted before National Green Tribunal an action plan and steps for its implementation to check pollution in the city.

india Updated: Jul 04, 2012 10:22 IST
Darpan Singh

Nearly three months after the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) order banning environmental clearances to any new industry in Noida, the Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) on Tuesday submitted before it an action plan and steps for its implementation to check pollution in the city.

The tribunal had on May 8 asked the ministry to do so. The MoEF has urged the NGT to review its April 11 ban order. The tribunal will next hear the matter on July 13.

The NGT had imposed the ban after Noida resident Sanjay Agnihotri filed a petition on January 12 this year with the tribunal and said "rising pollution violates my and my family’s right to healthy environment".

On Tuesday, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the MoEF, the Uttar Pradesh pollution control board (UPPCB), the UP State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) and the Noida authority filed their replies to the petition, which has sought a ban on new industrial units till the situation is improved through an appropriate mechanism.

The UPPCB filed its report on polluting industries in Noida. The NGT asked the CPCB to check the veracity of the report. As told by the tribunal, the CPCB submitted its report on air quality survey in the adjoining residential areas of Noida.

Meanwhile, the NGT on Tuesday allowed the Noida Entrepreneurs’ Association (NEA) — an umbrella body of industries in the city — to be a party in the case. NEA’s counsel Amit Khemka told Hindustan Times, "The NEA had filed a petition to be a party to the case. The NGT has accepted the petition. Like the MoEF, we have also sought a review of ban order. The tribunal has asked all respondents to file their reply on July 13."

The NEA has attributed much of the pollution in Noida to other causes such as heavy traffic, big-ticket construction activity, plying of heavy vehicles and inflow of sewage from Delhi.

Vipin Malhan, NEA president, said, "The ban would further impact the already declining industrial growth in Noida. The last one decade has already witnessed a sharp decline."Nearly three months after the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) order banning environmental clearances to any new industry in Noida, the Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) on Tuesday submitted before it an action plan and steps for its implementation to check pollution in the city.