Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding illegal operation of factories in Uttar Pradesh, 12/07/2022

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of In re: News item published in The Indian Express dated 05.06.2022 titled “12 dead in fire at Hapur factory that ‘produced firecrackers illegally’ : ‘Saw people with burns jumping into drains”.

The matter has been taken up suo motu on the basis of a media report of death of 12 persons and injury to 13 persons in a factory fire at Ruhi Industries, Hapur, Uttar Pradesh, operating in violation of environmental norms. The incident took place, June 4, 2022.

The NGT directed a joint Committee of Additional Chief Secretary, Industries, Additional Chief Secretary, Environment, Chairman, State PCB and District Magistrate, Hapur to hold a joint meeting along with all the District Magistrates to take stock of the mechanism for vigilance against illegal operation of factories having potential for such incidents and remedial measures necessary for preventing such incidents. Existing mechanism may be appropriately updated and streamlined, the NGT order, July 12, 2022 said.