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'BUDHA NALLAH LUDHIANA' POLLUTING ENVIRONMENT OF CENTRAL JAIL, AMICUS SUBMITS REPORT TO HIGHCOURT

May 14, 2019 10:09 PM
image of disposal of untreated industrial water waste in Bhudha Nallah

Chandigarh (Subhash Jindal)

Amicus submits report on ‘Budha Nallah, Ludhiana” polluting environment of Central Jail, Ludhiana. He produces photographs of illegal activities by Dyeing Factory owners: Recommends prosecution also in some cases. Courts directs State of Punjab and Pollution Control Board to take appropriate action:

Amicus , Advocate Arora on Tuesday submitted his report in the Court of Chief Justice and Justice Arun Palli . The report says that Amicus, along with two Civil Engineers from Ludhiana, namely (i) Kapil Dev; and (ii) Kulwant Singh Rai conducted spot inspection of Ganda Nallah, Ludhiana, and inspected the STP (Severage Treatment Plant) located across the Gandha Nallah, opposite Central Jail, Ludhiana.

The Bench appreciated the Amicus for submitting such an exhaustive report within such a short time, and observed in the order that Amicus report has drawn a very gloomy picture, and directed the respondents to take appropriate steps within next two weeks for addressing the concerns raised by the Amicus in his report, and file a status report before next date of hearing,i.e., 29.5.2019.Meanwhile, the Pollution Control Board also submitted a status report in the HC, detailing steps taken by them, which included 181 inspections. The said status report was also taken on record.

He also filed certain photographs of pollutants being emitted by chimneys of various Dyeing factories. He placed on record a photograph showing discharge of industrial pollutants into Budha Nallah through an illegal connections. In his report, the Amicus has recommended prosecution of such factory owners under the Environment laws. He has also recommended closing down of all submersible pumps installed by the factory owners in their factories, and has suggested re-cycling of treated water of STP again to the Dyeing Factorie for utilization in the processes involved therein.

He has also recommended that the entire cost of providing infra structure for re-cycling the treated severage water into dyeing factories should be contributed by dyeing factory owners on the principle of “polluter must pay” as evolved by the Supreme Court of India.

The Bench appreciated the Amicus for submitting such an exhaustive report within such a short time, and observed in the order that Amicus report has drawn a very gloomy picture, and directed the respondents to take appropriate steps within next two weeks for addressing the concerns raised by the Amicus in his report, and file a status report before next date of hearing,i.e., 29.5.2019.

Meanwhile, the Pollution Control Board also submitted a status report in the HC, detailing steps taken by them, which included 181 inspections. The said status report was also taken on record.

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