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Environment body asks SC to direct Haryana, UP against burning of waste

In a special report submitted to the court, the EPCA said it found massive quantities of plastic, industrial and other waste dumped and burnt in vacant areas across pollution hotspots in NCR

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The Supreme Court-mandated on Friday urged the apex court to direct the control boards of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh to ensure that no waste is burnt in their regions and chimney emissions are strictly monitored.

In a special report on hotspots in NCR submitted to the court, the Environment (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) said it found massive quantities of plastic, industrial and other waste dumped and burnt in vacant areas across pollution hotspots in the capital region.

The court may direct the pollution control boards of the three states to "ensure that no waste is burnt in their regions and that they find methods to remove the piled-up waste to process or incinerate it," the report said.

The pollution watchdog also said that it found many industries in pollution hotspots emanating black smoke.

"There are standards for particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and sulphur oxides. The industry is required to be compliant with the standard and ensure that there is no pollution," the report said.

The three pollution control boards may be directed to rigorously monitor the emissions, especially at night, and take stringent action against no-compliant industries, it suggested.

In the report, the pointed out that the pollution control boards have been penalising developers for mismanagement of dust at construction sites. However, these penalties are not leading to remedial actions as developers continue to operate ignoring the pollution being caused.

To check such incidents, it said, the pollution control boards can be asked to file status report on the penalties imposed with names of offenders.

Status reports can also be sought on the non-compliant under-construction roads, the EPCA said.

First Published: Fri, October 25 2019. 14:50 IST
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