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PBC notice to HBC

Article courtesy of The Assam Tribune | December 17, 2012.
GUWAHATI, Dec 16 – Taking serious note of the growing degradation of the Elenga Beel – a major water-body of the area – caused by Nagaon Paper Mill of Hindustan Paper Corporation (HPC) at Jagiroad, and of the fact that the HPC authorities failed to comply with earlier directives concerning maintenance of environmental norms, the Pollution Control Board Assam (PCBA) has issued pre-closure notice to HPC for closing the polluting unit of the paper mill.

Discharge of lime by the paper mill has been causing severe pollution to the nearby Elenga Beel and other fisheries besides cropland. The PCBA had earlier asked the HPC to submit a time-bound action plan for desiltation of the Elenga Beel and assessment of the damage caused to the adjoining village area including paddy fields due to lime deposition.

Comply with polythene ban order: HC

Article courtesy of Times of India | December 15, 2012.

LUCKNOW: The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has directed the state government to comply with the ban as ordered by the court earlier in relation to a PIL pertaining to Ganga pollution in which the court had asked the authorities to ban polythene bags of certain specification from being used in public.

The order came from a division bench of acting Chief Justice Shiv Kirti Singh and Justice DK Arora on a PIL filed by AK Mishra and another. The PIL sought directions from the court so that polythene bags of certain specifications may be banned from being used in public.

The court said that the petitioners have attempted to highlight that such polythene bags when mixed in the garbage cause immense harm to the animals such as cows, when they consume such bags from the garbage. “Whatever be the consequence of such polythene bags on the cows, its adverse impact upon the general environment and water table had been a matter of concern for the court and state authorities,” said the court.

It appears that in another PIL on Ganga pollution, a division bench of this court at Allahabad had already issued appropriate directions on October 9, 2012, added the court, disposing of the current PIL in terms of directions already issued.

On behalf of the state government, additional advocate general Bulbul Godiyal had also favoured for similar directions as already issued in Ganga pollution matters.

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