NGT orders to close down polluting & unauthorized brick kilns in Hapur

The green court also asked the UPPCB to furnish a report on the carrying capacity of the area with regards to pollution load caused by the illegal operation of the brick kilns

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The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the authorities in Hapur to close down brick kilns operating in violation of the established laws in an order dated Dec 6.

Petitioner Vikas Singh had requested the Tribunal to close down brick kilns operating in violation of the Uttar Pradesh Brick Kiln (Siting Criteria for establishment) Rules, 2012. As per the petitioner 146 brick kilns are operating in district Hapur out of which as many as 124 are operating without Consent to Operate and 88 are operating without Environmental Clearance. As a result air pollution levels are increasing.

Previously, the Tribunal has sought a report from the Joint Committee of the CPCB, UPPCB and the District Magistrate, Hapur to be coordinated by the UPPCB. The study had also to look into the carrying capacity of the area with regards to the air pollution load on account of brick kilns.

The NGT after considering the matter on July 30  noted that in the report inspection by the UPPCB was carried out and action has been taken for the brick kilns not having consent to operate or violating the siting or other criteria. The NGT said that the report does not show the air quality level and the capacity of area to sustain the activity of brick kilns, without exceeding the air quality norms.

In light of these facts the Tribunal asked that a further report be filed by the joint committee on the above aspect. The UPPCB may also furnish an action taken report based on the findings of the joint Committee in the report.

Subsequently, a report dated Oct 12 was filed by the UPPCB to the effect that brick kilns operating seasonally were presently closed and only kilns which were complying with the siting criteria and converted to zig-zag technology would be allowed to operate. The report also mentioned that the capacity of the area to sustain the activity of brick kilns without exceeding the air quality norms was being studied by IIT, Roorkee.

The NGT said that as the data of the air quality and impact of brick kilns on such air quality is already well known further action be immediately taken and to list the matter for Jan 27, 2020.

-By Prasoon Pant

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