Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding pollution caused by ESIPL, SIDCUL industrial area, Sitaganj, District Udham Singh Nagar, Uttrakhand, 09/07/2019
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Sidhgarbyang Kalyan Sewa Samiti Vs State of Uttarakhand & Others dated 09/07/2019 regarding remedial action against pollution being caused in the ESIPL (ELDECO SIDCUL industrial Park Ltd.), State Industrial Development Corporation of Uttarakhand Ltd (SIDCUL) industrial area, Sitarganj, District Udham Singh Nagar, Uttrakhand. There has been violation of environmental norms by a large number of industries in the industrial park. Apart from black hazardous dust and foul and obnoxious smell, untreated and hazardous chemicals are discharged in open drains resulting in pollution of ground water and soil in the agricultural fields. Air pollution was resulting in health hazard for the inhabitants. No action was being taken by the concerned authorities.
NGT said that CETP cannot avoid absolute responsibility for causing pollution by polluting discharge from its outlet resulting in damage to environment and public health and directed the CPCB and the state PCB to take appropriate action against concerned polluting industries by way of prosecution, recovery of compensation and prohibiting polluting activities and for the failure of CETP and SIDCUL, the compensation of Rs. 1 crore as determined vide order dated November 13, 2018 stood reiterated. The CPCB and State Pollution Control Board has been asked to submit a report on the matter within a month.