Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding violation of environmental norms by industries in Dera Bassi, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, Punjab, 25/02/2021

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Karnail Singh & Others Vs CPCB & Others dated 25/02/2021. The matter related to remedial action against violation ofcompiling information about the number of industries in different categories and whether ground water extraction is permissible, water quality monitoring stations, status of execution of action plan for air quality management, action plan for restoration of environmental quality management and its monitoring mechanism at District level. environmental norms by several industries in Dera Bassi, District SAS Nagar (Mohali), Punjab, adversely affecting the environment and the public health on account of release of hazardous effluents in the drain, resulting in water, air and soil pollution.

The bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and Sheo Kumar Singh noted that the exhaustive report furnished by the Committee formed to look into the matter shows that what is required is further action by the concerned authorities as well as the industrial units for compliance of the norms in the light of observations and recommendations.

The Tribunal directed the Punjab Pollution Control Board to ensure compliance by the concerned authorities in a time bound manner, including preventing pollution, assessment and recovery of compensation for the past violations and restoration of water, air and soil quality, following due process. Restoration plan has to be prepared by the Joint Committee of CPCB and the PPCB and care should be taken for the timely execution of the action plan. The restoration plan must provide for treatment of waste water in areas where water quality has deteriorated, particularly the locations identified by the Committee.