NGT Pulls Up Jharkhand PCB For Environmental Damage Due To Stone Crusher In Rajmahal Hills
Source: Businessworld, Date: , 2020
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has
pulled up the Jharkhand Pollution Control Board (PCB) for damage to the
environment due to operation of quarrying and crushing units in Rajmahal hills.
It noted that "the damage to the
environment and public health cannot be brushed aside and effective measures
are required to be taken for realizing the guaranteed Fundamental Right to
clean environment which is part of Right to life."
The NGT's scathing remark came while
hearing three separate petitions relating to the enforcement of environmental
norms in the operation of quarrying and crushing units in Rajmahal hills of the
Vindhya Mountains, District Sahebganj, Jharkhand.
A Principal Bench headed by its
chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel asked the Chief Secretary of Jharkhand to take
steps to revamp the State Pollution Control Board (PCB) and file an affidavit
of compliance and also warned that if they failed to do so, the tribunal may
take stringent action for enforcing the law.
Taking note to enforce the rule of law and
for protection of environment and public health, the tribunal ordered that a
scientific action plan is required to be prepared after an in-depth study of
the problem with a clear road map.