Nagpur: Bad days are ahead for brick kiln owners and workers as Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has directed closure of all kilns that do not have sanction of state pollution control boards

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Over half a billion children are living in areas with extremely high levels of floods and nearly 160 million children live in areas of high or extremely high droughts. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 26% of the annual 6.6 million deaths of children under-five are linked to environment-related causes and conditions.

Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has ordered closure of all kilns that do not have sanction of state pollution control boards (SPCBs).

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Joydeep Mukherjee VS Pollution Control Board, Assam & Ors dated 24/03/2017 regarding grant of permission to set up brick kiln industries in Assam. Additional Advocate General for the State of Assam submits that the process of issuing the final notification publishing the state policy on the grant of permission to set up brick kiln industries, is at its final stage and is only awaiting consideration of the Finance Department, Govt. of Assam, which, as per him, would be completed within six weeks.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Sona Bricks Maker Vs Joydeep Mukherjee & Others dated 02/03/2017 regarding brick kilns in Purba Medinipur (West Bengal) functioning without consent to operate. NGT directs the brick kilns to be closed until the consents to operate are granted by the State PCB.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Bengal Trading Company Vs West Bengal Pollution Control Board & Others dated 02/03/2016 regarding brick kilns operating in Purba Medinipore, West Bengal.

NGT in the Order said that since in the case of new brick kilns a mandatory condition for establishing multi-layered green belt is imposed, it would also be applicable to the brick kilns existed prior to or after the year 2000.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Joydeep Mukherjee Vs Pollution Control Board dated 15/02/2017 regarding illegal operation of brick fields in the State of Jharkhand without obtaining consent from the State Pollution Control Board, Jharkhand.

Despite given enough time, MoEF, NGT directives not being complied
*Admn left with no option but to order closure of units

With widespread reports of violation of rules by brick kilns in Jammu, the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) has ordered a survey of units who continue to flout norms though installation of poll

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