Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding Lalitpur Power Generation Company, Uttar Pradesh, 28/10/2020

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Action for Vigilance and Knowledge for Empowerment Vs Lalitpur Power Generation Company Limited & Others dated 28/10/2020.

The issue for consideration is compliance of environmental norms by M/s Lalitpur Power Generation Company Limited (LPGC). The court noted that the matter was considered on several occasions in the last two years and regular violation of environmental norms was found on various issues like fly ash disposal, installation of continuous ambient air quality monitoring station (CAAQMS), handling hazardous waste, control of fugitive emissions, adequate tree plantation and proper operation of sewage treatment plant (STP).

On February 17, 2020 the court directed that installation of flue-gas desulfurization (FGD) should be completed within six months. The NGT said that the report by the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board of August 13, 2020 does not indicate any satisfactory progress on the subject of installation of FGD as well as other deficiencies on the subject.

In view of the above, the Tribunal said it had no other option but to defer the proceedings and said that it expected the LPGC to understand its legal responsibility to the environment and rule of law and now take effective measures.