National Green Tribunal has ordered suspension of work in more than 500 textiles dying and printing industries in Pali district of Jodhpur region for not obtaining the proper consent of operation from the Rajasthan Pollution Control Board.
NGT bench comprising tribunal chairman Justice Swatanter Kumar, judicial member justice MS Nambiar and expert members prof PC Mishra and Dr RC Trivedi while hearing a petition filed by Shri Kishan Paryavaran Sangarsh Samiti of Jaipur has also sought a compliance report of its order on May 2, the next hearing of circuit bench in Jodhpur.
The order will affect roughly 80% of about 600 dying and printing units in the district.
There are around 600 textiles units working in Pali district and merely 64 units have been given consent to operate by the pollution control board. “These units working without consent or proper approval of the board are posing severe pollution as effluent of these units are causing pollution to Bandi river and Nehda Dam,” petitioners told the tribunal.
Taking a serious note over the issue, the circuit bench of the NGT said that the industries which are operating without obtaining consent of the State Board under the provisions of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, of 1981, as the case may be shall not be permitted to operate henceforth.
“The statutory duty of the board under these statutes is to ensure that pollution is prevented as well as controlled,” NGT observed in its verdict.
Circuit bench is hearing around 106 cases during its three days long camp in Jodhpur ending on Friday. Bench heard 12 cases on the first day on Wednesday.