Notice to thermal power stations, coal companies in MP and UP for mismanagement of dump yards

The National Green Tribunal has directed the state government to issue notices to thermal power stations and coal companies in the energy capital of India — Sonbhadra (Uttar Pradesh) and Singrauli (Madhya Pradesh) — directing them to submit status reports on their dump yards on July 6.
HT Image
HT Image
Updated on May 22, 2015 11:13 PM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times | By, Bhopal

The National Green Tribunal has directed the state government to issue notices to thermal power stations and coal companies in the energy capital of India — Sonbhadra (Uttar Pradesh) and Singrauli (Madhya Pradesh) — directing them to submit status reports on their dump yards on July 6.

Principal bench of the tribunal in New Delhi issued the directions while admitting a petition alleging ‘mismanagement of the dump yards meant for fly ash and coal overburden’ and high pollution levels in the region that was adversely affecting the health and life of the residents.

The petition was filed by social activist Pankaj Mishra.

Justice UD Salvi, judicial member and Dr DK Agrawal, expert member issued the directions on May 19, however, the copy of the order was made available on Thursday.

The next hearing in the case has been scheduled for July 6.

According to the applicant, regardless of safety measures prescribed under the environmental consent and the consent to operate, the thermal power station and collieries were dumping the fly ash and coal overburden, respectively, and causing massive environmental pollution, which was detrimental to common man.

Hearing the plea, the NGT directed the thermal power stations and coal companies in the area to manage their dump yards as per the terms and conditions prescribed in the grant of environment clearance and consent to operate, and to take all such measures for checking the environment pollution.

In his petition, applicant also referred to the case filed by advocate Ashwani Dubey with the NGT, regarding the ‘pollution in Rihand reservoir caused by discharge of fly ash and other effluents from nearby thermal power plants and other polluting industries.’

According to the petitioner, these industries, in utter violation of law, were storing and dumping the fly ash in open areas much beyond the prescribed limit and were disposing the same in Rihand, canals, ponds, etc due to which water had become polluted and unfit for human or animal consumption.

The petitioner alleged that the state functionaries had not taken any proper care towards the environmental issues in Singrauli area which is admittedly a highly polluted zone now.


    He is principal correspondent based at Bhopal. He covers environment and wildlife, state administration, BJP and other saffron organisations. He has special interest in social issues based stories.

Close Story

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • PGIMER will celebrate foundation day on July 7. (HT Filr)

    PGIMER to celebrate foundation day on July 7

    The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research will celebrate its foundation day on July 7, where Padma Shri awardee Ajeet Bajaj and Deeya Bajaj will be the chief guest and the guest of honour respectively. Bajaj and his daughter Deeya Bajaj were the first Indian father-daughter duo to scale Mount Everest. The former completed the explorer's Grand Slam on June 5, 2022, while completing the seven summits with his daughter Deeya.

  • Newly-appointed DGP of of Punjab Police, Gaurav Yadav conducting a surprise checks at police stations in Mohali. (HT Photo)

    New DGP conducts surprise checks at police stations in Mohali

    The newly-appointed director general of police of Punjab Police, Gaurav Yadav, who took over charge on Tuesday, conducted surprise checks at Mataur and Phase VIII stations. DGP Gaurav Yadav inspected the Malkhans, barracks and canteens of the two stations and inquired about the facilities being provided by the police administration.

  • Simplicity was the hallmark of both my parents. During my growing up years, I imagined them to be great exponents of simplicity, which they not only talked about but also lived. And how they glorified it! Simplicity of thought, dress and action was their forte, writes Parambir Kaur. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

    Spice of Life | Living simply means a higher standard of life

    I wasn't aware of National Simplicity Day till I came to know that it's celebrated on July 12 in honour of Henry David Thoreau, a leading transcendentalist, naturalist and author of America, on his birthday. But thanks to my parents, I learnt to value simplicity above anything else, quite early in life. Simplicity was the hallmark of both my parents. My father believed that living simply meant a higher standard of life.

  • Police arrested a man for duping a Chandigarh resident in an insurance policy fraud. (HT Photo)

    Insurance policy fraud: Man held for duping Chandigarh resident

    Police's cybercrime investigation cell (CCIC) arrested a 25-year-old resident of New Delhi for allegedly duping people in lieu of renewing insurance policies. The accused, Faisal Hussain, 25, of Khajuri Khas, was arrested in connection to a case registered on the complaint of Malkit Singh, who reported that an unknown person called him on his mobile claiming to be an employee of HDFC Life Insurance. The accused had opened accounts of labourers by giving them ₹4,000-₹5,000.

  • Two inmates of the Ambala Central Jail held with 15.78 gm heroin. (HT File)

    Two Ambala Central Jail inmates held with 15.78 gm heroin

    Two inmates of Ambala Central Jail were held for allegedly possessing 15.78 gm of heroin, after they returned from an ongoing trial in Chandigarh and Panchkula courts. The drug was found during checking of the accused, Channpreet Singh of New Delhi's Nangloi and Shibu from Nepal's Birat Nagar district, Ambala Police said on Tuesday. Police said Channi was checked by the jail staff, who recovered 8.96 gm of heroin in his turban.

Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Wednesday, July 06, 2022