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NGT asks 4 firms to pay Rs 286 crore for creating gas chamber-like condition in Mumbai

The National Green Tribunal has held 4 firms, together with BPCL and HPCL, accountable for creating “gas chamber” like situation” in Mahul, Ambapada and Chembur areas in Mumbai and directed them to pay Rs 286.2 crore for the broken prompted to the setting.

The National Green Tribunal has held 4 firms, together with BPCL and HPCL, accountable for creating “gas chamber” like situation” in Mahul, Ambapada and Chembur areas in Mumbai and directed them to pay Rs 286.2 crore for the broken prompted to the setting.

“The prolonged exposure to hazardous air pollutants even at miniscule level may weaken the lungs and other organs. Conditions prevailing in the area are sometimes likened to that of ”Gas Chamber”,” the tribunal stated.

It was solely due to these causes that the businesses had been taking actions to arrest the fugitive emissions which had been significantly noticeable after 2015 and of late the industries have acted on implementation of motion plan, the NGT stated.

It accepted the computation of tremendous by the Central Pollution Control Board and directed them to maintain the quantity in separate accounts.

The inexperienced panel stated: “CPCB has accordingly assessed the values of VOCs emissions primarily based upon the information supplied to them by the businesses.

“In view of the submissions made by the CPCB and above discussion, the objections of the units regarding use of data prior to control measures and the incorrect application of the formula and methodology are untenable.”

The NGT stated it was happy that each one the objections raised by the respondent firms have been duly thought-about by the CPCB”s in-house Technical Committee and the correctness of the conclusion arrived at by the CPCB.

The NGT directed HPCL to pay 76.5 crore, BPCL 67.5 crore, AEGIS 142 crore and SLCL Rs 0.2 crore.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice A Ok Goel stated ten-member joint committee comprising two senior nominees of CPCB, consultant of Environment Ministry, state air pollution management board, District Magistrate, NEERI, TISS, Mumbai, IIT Mumbai, KEM Hospital, Mumbai and a nominee of Health Secretary Maharashtra, could put together motion plan for restoration measures.

“The State PCB will be nodal agency. Plan may in particular provide for dealing with health issues of the inhabitants and measures for control of pollution in the area, treating Ambapada, Mahul, Chembur and contiguous area (as may be specified by the Committee) to be Special Air Pollution Control Area for the restoration plan,” the bench stated.

The joint Committee will probably be free to take help from another professional/establishment and invite the respondents to key conferences.

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