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Not using imported needle petcoke at Bengaluru's plant, GIL informs SC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

India Ltd (GIL) informed the Friday that it was not using imported needle (petcoke) at its Bengaluru plant, which is facing complaints about and emission of black

GIL told a bench comprising Justices and that it was using domestic petcoke at the plant, and that too for packaging and not as fuel.

The top court had on October 9 taken note of a report filed by the court-mandated Control Authority (EPCA) which had said that in Whitefield, Bengaluru, had utilised domestic petcoke which was causing huge amount of and black in the area.

The court had then issued notice to GIL asking it to explain why use of needle petcoke should not be stopped with immediate effect since it was "causing tremendous pollution and damage to the health of the community in Bengaluru".

During the hearing, the for GIL said they needed some time to file their affidavit in the

The told the bench that team of Karnataka State Board (KSPCB) had also visited the site.

The bench asked GIL to file its affidavit and posted the for hearing on October 23. It also asked the KSPCB to file their report before it.

In September, the apex court had allowed the application of GIL seeking its permission to import needle pet to be used as feed stock for manufacture of electrodes, used in the

When the issue of pollution from the plant was raised before the court on October 9, the bench had said that the had to be dealt with urgently as it was affecting the health of people of the area.

The court is hearing the issue related to petcoke which had cropped up while adjudicating a matter of air pollution in national capital region.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 17:05 IST