The National Green Tribunal Thursday directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to probe into a plea alleging that brick kilns were operating in Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh without environmental sanctions.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel asked CPCB, state pollution control board and Hapur District Magistrate to look into the matter and take appropriate action in accordance with law.
"Let the Central Pollution Control Board, Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) and District Magistrate, Hapur look into the matter and take appropriate action in accordance with law and furnish a factual and action taken report to this Tribunal within one month from the date of receipt of copy of this order by e-mail.
"The UPPCB will be the nodal agency for coordination and compliance. The applicant is at liberty to furnish complete sets of papers to the CPCB, UPPCB and District Magistrate, Hapur, alongwith copies of this order and file an affidavit of service, within one week," the bench said.
The direction came on a plea filed by Hapur resident Vikas Singh, seeking to close down brick kilns operating in violation of the Uttar Pradesh Brick Kiln (Siting Criteria for establishment) Rules, 2012.
According to the plea, filed through advocate Gautam Singh, 146 brick kilns are operating in Hapur out of which 124 are operating without consent to operate and 88 are operating without environmental clearance.
The operation of the brick kilns is causing huge air pollution, it said.
"The residents are facing tough time with their health as the continuous emission of smoke enters the body of residents which is damaging the respiratory system and is also negatively affecting their eyes, lungs and throat of residents of the area," the plea stated.
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