The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday asked the Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) to submit a specific action plan, and steps for implementation, to check pollution in Noida.
The tribunal asked MoEF, the central pollution control board and the UP authorities to file their replies by July 3 to a petition seeking a ban, till the situation is improved through an appropriate mechanism, on setting up of new industrial units in Noida because of rising pollution levels.
The tribunal in April had asked the environment ministry not to give clearance to any new industrial units in Noida. The principal bench of the tribunal, in its order dated April 11, passed the order after Sanjay Agnihotri, a resident of Noida, filed a petition on January 12 this year with the tribunal against the Union of India and others.
Citing various reports Agnihotri had alleged the level of pollution in Noida had gone up alarmingly. “Rising pollution violates my and my family’s right to healthy environment,” he had pleaded. Agnihotri also sought constitution of a monitoring committee to ensure effective, time-bound and transparent implementation of environmental norms in Noida and action against those found breaching environmental provisions.
The Noida Entrepreneurs Association (NEA), an umbrella body of industries, also moved the tribunal, seeking to be a party in the case. The tribunal has asked NEA to file a formal application. NEA has feared the ban would further impact the already declining industrial growth in Noida.
Recently a ban was placed on environmental clearance for new industrial units by the union ministry of environment and forests but without any qualitative change in the scene the ban was lifted, the petitioner said.
The tribunal has also directed the Uttar Pradesh pollution control board to conduct spot inspection and collect effluent from polluting units, analyse the same and submit a report giving the details of hazardous waste generated by these units.
The UPPCB has also been directed to take action under the Air and Water Acts and environment regulations with respect to the industries which are not following the conditions imposed. The tribunal said the matter was very serious and told the UPPCB to conduct its inspection on war footing.