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SC takes note of pollution from Graphite India's plant in Bengaluru

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Tuesday took note of the pollution caused from a India plant in Bengaluru and asked it to explain as to why the use of (petcoke) by the company not be stopped with immediate effect.

A bench of Justices and had on September 6 allowed the application of India Ltd seeking permission to import petcoke, also called needle coke, to be used as feed stock for manufacture of electrodes which are used in the industry.

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

"They have taken permission from the court to use it. If due to this, people are going to suffer then we will withdraw the permission," the bench observed.

It issued notice to seeking their response by October 12 explaining "why the use of needle petcoke should not be stopped with immediate effect since it is causing immense pollution affecting health of people".

Aparajita Singh, assisting the court as an amicus curiae in the air pollution matter, told the bench that the issue has come to the notice of the Authority (EPCA).

"If the company is going to misuse it, we will withdraw the permission," the bench said.

The bench also dealt with the issue related to use of domestic and imported petcoke in Aluminium, and calcinated pet

Regarding the use of calcinated petcoke by Aluminium industry, the EPCA told the court that the Board (CPCB) has dealt with the issue.

The bench said that calcinated pet could be used by Aluminium industry as per revised (BIS) specifications on technological upgrade and its import would not exceed 0.5 million metric tonnes per annum.

It also said that raw pet coke, both domestic and imported, could be used as feed stock to produce calcinated petcoke and its import would not exceed 1.4 million metric tonnes per annum.

For use of pet coke by industry, the Centre said they need three weeks time which was granted by the court.

The Centre had earlier told the apex court that petcoke was a "highly polluting" fuel and its use should be allowed only in certain industries as feedstock and not for manufacturing purpose.

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

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 20:20 IST