Guj HC directs GPCB to be vigilant on polluting units
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 20:51
Ahmedabad: The High Court here has directed Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) to report industrial units causing environmental pollution to respective district principal judges who will then form committee to assess damage and compensation for victims.

The order was issued by a division bench of Chief Justice K S Radhakrishnan and Justice Akil Kureshi last week while hearing a petition of one Kalusinh Solanki of Boriya Khurad village in Sabarkantha district.

Solanki in his petition had raised grievances about the "inefficiency and incapacity" of the GPCB officers to control contamination of underground water in his village, thereby causing serious health hazards.

Solanki had approached the court seeking direction to authorities to take appropriate steps to check and curb pollution of underground water at Boriya Khurad village and to take action against polluting industrial units, erring GPCB officers and take steps for consequential reliefs.

In its order the court said the committees formed by the district judges would assess compensation and submit its report. The District Judge would then examine and decide about the damage caused to the environment and direct payment of a reasonable amount to the 'Environment Fund' to be maintained by the State Government.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 20:51

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