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Industries Causing Pollution Asked To Pay Rs. 30 Crore As Compensation For Preservation Of Environment: SC [Read Order]

Lawstreet Journal 6 Apr 2020 11:34pm

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The Apex Court on 1st April, 2020 issued an order for payment of compensation in order to preserve the environment taking in consideration the precautionary principle. The bench comprising of Justice Dr D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Ajay Rastogi have put forth a balanced approach that have held the industries responsible for having operated without any environmental clearances in the past. 

The directions have been issued under Article 142 of Constitution of India deals with enforcement of decrees and orders of Supreme Court and unless as to discovery, etc. 

Industries listed are : Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd., United Phosphorus Ltd and Unique Chemicals Ltd. who have been directed to deposit the compensation amount of Rs. 10 crores with the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB). The time period given for the deposit of money is four months from the date of receipt of the certified copy of the judgement

There was an acute abdication of authority on part of these industries. The industries had obtained the environmental clearance as laid down in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) notification of 1994 but preferred to operate with the EC, thereby causing disruption to the environment around and not adhering to the standards. The process listed in obtaining an Environmental Clearance allows for minimising the adverse impact the industrial activities would have on the environment. An ecological outlook needs to be adopted in order to preserve the environment. 

The issue the court is concerned about is the likelihood of failure the industries might witness in obtaining the Environmental… Continue Reading...

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