Mumbai: On the eve of World Environment Day, environment minister Suresh Shetty spoke to DNA on the need for effective implementation of the existing rules and norms. Excerpts from the interview:

Industrial units continue to flout pollution norms...

Hundreds of polluting industrial units in Delhi are set to close shop as the Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought strict compliance of the Supreme Court ruling on closure of such units in the M C Mehta case.

The move would start with polluting units in Nangloi village, and the High Court gave the Delhi government four weeks for the clean-up act.

KOCHI: The Bharat Petroleum Ltd, Kochi Refinery, in association with Kerala state Fire and Rescue Services, will conduct a two-day workshop for firemen on scientific methods to deal with hazardous chemical emergencies, which will be inaugurated by Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan at the BPCL Kochi Refinery Learning Centre on Saturday.

India's reliance on asbestos in buildings and its poor protection for workers exposed to the material could lead to an explosion in related malignant disease, warn experts.

LUCKNOW: Several teams constituted by the UP Pollution Control Board inspected 44 tanneries in Kanpur district on Wednesday. The teams were constituted by the UPPCB as a follow-up to an order passed by the Allahabad High Court early in November.

This report examines the directives set forth by the October 2003 Supreme Court order, and it reviews the current status of implementation of the directives with a specific focus on information dissemination and the creation of a Toxics Release Inventory for India. It also identifies the possible bottlenecks and reasons for non-implementation of a TRI.

Greater Noida: Illegal tannery units are polluting water in the Surajpur Industrial Area of Greater Noida.

The tannery shops are violating all laws while removing the skin of dead animals. After peeling off the skin, the carcasses of animals are dumped in ditches or sprinkled with acid and buried. This is polluting the ground water in the area.

The coke industries of Hatkhoapara under Azara revenue circle in South Kamrup which are still under operation regardless of the huge public opposition are posing threat to the environment as both the industries Ganesh Met Coke and Balaji Coke are alleged to have flouted certain norms prescribed by the Pollution Control Board, Assam.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that industries contributing to pollution were liable not only for compensating the

As many as 30,000 children, who were engaged in various hazardous works, have been imparted training on non-formal education (NFE) and skill development training (SDT) after withdrawing them from their workplaces in the country.