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Green Tribunal issues warrants against six Mandideep industrialists

BHOPAL: National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday issued warrants against six industrialists of Mandideep Industrial Area for failure to appear before the tribunal. Industries owned by the six have been accused of pollution and the tribunal is hearing a case of it.

On August 1, the tribunal was informed that six industries - Anand Industries, Steel Innovation, Integrated Infosys, Shakti Televentures, Tranwin Industries, SS Bindra Flour Mill - were operating without valid permission despite notices.

NGT bench comprising judicial member Justice Dalip Singh and expert member PS Rao had directed the MP Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) to disconnect electricity and water connections of these six industries.

Notices were issued by NGT to them to appear before tribunal on August 4 to show-cause as to why action should not be initiated against them, failing which warrants of Rs 10,000 each were issued. Next hearing is scheduled for November 10.

Green panel has also directed the state government to inform about installation of continuous monitoring system for monitoring ambient air quality at Mandideep industrial area (MIA).

Green panel has also ordered the state that no lease shall be granted and no further industries shall be allowed to come up in the area until the master plan is finalized after consultation from MoEF and archaeological department seeking air pollution impact of MIA on UNESCO world heritage site Bhimbetka and Bhojpur Temple.

Municipal council, Mandideep and MPAKVN Ltd. have been directed by NGT to carry out extensive plantation drive within their jurisdiction both in municipal limits as well as in industrial area of Mandideep during the current monsoon so as to minimize the effect of pollution.

Municipal Council, Mandideep and MPAKVN Ltd were directed to carry out extensive plantation within their jurisdiction both in the municipal limits as well as industrial area of Mandideep during monsoon so as to minimize effect of pollution. The plan and steps taken in this behalf so far shall be submitted before the next date.

Also, the bench has ordered principal secretary, housing and environment to issue necessary instructions to all district collectors to review permissions given to industries and also seek opinion of occupants who are residing in such areas within three months.