NGT Orders inspection of Parle Agro Private Ltd’s Utter Pradesh plant

By- Legalxpo Interns

On 10 Sep 2018 The National Green Tribunal on hearing a peal filed by Parle Agro Private Ltd who had moved to NGT against an order passed by Utter Pradesh Pollution Control Board revoking the consent order granted earlier in favour of the appellant under section 25/26 of Water (Prevision and Control) Act,1974

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel ordered the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) to conduct a joint inspection and submit report within two weeks.

This main reason behind the inspection is to ascertain whether the industry is releasing mercury beyond the permissible limit (i.e. 0.01 microgram per Liter of industrial discharge. In the Inspection report of UPPCB the content of mercury was 1.0 micrograms per liter against the prescribed limit of 0.01 micrograms per liter.

Further the Bench also said that “The direct a join team of the CPCB and UPPCB may also consider whether, in an area declared critical from the point of view of groundwater as per the norms of the Central Ground Water Authority, permission to draw groundwater can be given for commercial purposes for the beverages business”.

The main contention put forward by the industry in the peal was that there is no deviation from the laid down standards of mercury and the inspection report found the content of mercury to be 1.0 micrograms per liter against the prescribed limit of 0.01 micrograms per liter.
The plea pointed out that the insignificant deviation alleged cannot be detected as per WHO guidelines for drinking water purposes.

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