NGT asks 3 NCR districts to take action against illegal brick kilns

Petitioner Vinit Kumar pointed out that as per information received from the State Pollution Control Board in response to an RTI enquiry of the applicant, there were 731 brick kilns combined in these 3 districts of Uttar Pradesh, out of which only 140 brick kilns have valid consent under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 and the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and 20 brick 2 kilns have adopted the zig-zag technology

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had asked the DMs of Meerut, Shamli and Muzzafarnagar as well as UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) to take action against the illegal brick kilns in these districts that are polluting the air and to submit a factual and an action taken report in one month to the tribunal. The action is to be taken against brick kilns operating without proper consent under the Air & Water pollution acts as well as without adopting zig-zag technology.

The order was passed on a petition by Vinit Kumar on May 23. The petitioner pointed out that as per information received from the State Pollution Control Board in response to an RTI enquiry of the applicant, there were 731 brick kilns combined in these 3 districts of Uttar Pradesh, out of which only 140 brick kilns have valid consent under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 and the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and 20 brick 2 kilns have adopted the zig-zag technology.

The NGT said that the State Pollution Control Board has failed to take necessary action in exercise of its statutory powers. The matter would be further given a hearing on September 4.

The petitioner had said in his application that brick kilns in these 3 districts that are part of NCR are functioning without using zig-zag method as required in terms of orders of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) dated 29.12.2015 under Section 18 of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.

Prasoon Pant, delhincrnews.in

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