Demand to examine all stone crushers for pollution draws the ire of petitioners
VK Shukla, advocate for Umrao Bhandari, said, that this is a delaying tactic by the stone crusher owner to involve all the stone crushers and thus, delay the proceedings.
The Himalaya stone crusher in Motinagar, Haldwani, that had been the target of locals who complained of rising pollution level in the premises, had been asked by the court to take measures to check pollution, following a petition to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in 2013.
The petitioners, Umrao Singh Bhandari and Tejendra Kumar Jolly, are, however, sore that the owner of the Himalaya Stone crusher has now urged the court to examine all the stone crushers for pollution levels. Umrao Bhandari said that they had asked for enquiry against one stone crusher and are not concerned with the rest.
There are 28 stone crushers that fall between Haldwani and Lalkuan and the study of all of them will take a long time.
VK Shukla, advocate for Umrao Bhandari, said, that this is a delaying tactic by the stone crusher owner to involve all the stone crushers and thus, delay the proceedings. It is not justified that the advocate for the stone crusher owner demands assessment of pollution levels of all stone crushers, which is a delaying tactic and would further complicate the matter, Shukla said.
Bhuvnesh Aggarwal, owner of the Himalaya stone crusher could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.