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NGT directs Haryana chief secretary to review state's inspection policy of industries

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The National Green (NGT) Friday directed chief to look into the state's policy of industries and directed him to submit a report within a month.

A bench headed by Justice said the policy hardly matches the mandate of precautionary and sustainable development principles of law as it states that highly polluting industries, as defined by the CPCB, are inspected once in three years.

The green panel directed that the policy must be revised by the State Board (HSPCB) in consultation with the Board (CPCB) within a month.

"Constitution of state board without effective functioning amounts to failure of law enacted for protection of environment," the bench said.

The also expressed dissatisfaction over the report submitted by a committee of representatives of CPCB, HSPCB, (CGWA) and local administrations on pollution caused by industries in Sonipat and Panipat districts of

The noted that the committee's report does not list the non-complying illegal units and does not specify action taken against industries illegally extracting groundwater.

"The report can hardly be held to be satisfactory, the gaps in the report be re-visited under the supervision of the member secretary, CPCB, by a team of two senior officers nominated by the member secretary, CPCB," the bench said.

"The committee may also assess the illegal withdrawal of water. The revised report and policy of the HSPCB may be filed before the next date," it said.

The tribunal's direction came during the hearing of a plea filed by a resident, Shailesh Singh, seeking a direction to close industrial units running without the requisite statutory consent under Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.

Alleging that these industries were causing water pollution, the plea has also sought a direction to restrain them from dumping untreated effluent in fields.

"It is submitted that even though action has been initiated by Central Pollution Control Board, on the ground level, there is no compliance and even out of the units which have been directed to close, some are still working in the same manner," the plea said.

Citing a article, it said groundwater in most of the areas in 11 districts of southern and western Haryana is unfit for consumption due to salinity of high concentration of nitrate or fluoride.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 17:00 IST