SC slaps fine on MoEF for not fixing emission norms for industries in NCR

SC slaps fine on MoEF for not fixing emission norms for industries in NCR

The Supreme Court on Tuesday imposed Rs 2 lakh cost on the Union government for its failure to finalise pollution emission standards for industries using pet coke and furnace oil in the national capital region.

A bench of justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta termed it as a  "completely disgusting state of affairs" as the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) had not set standards in spite of an earlier court direction setting June 30 as the deadline.

The court asked Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh to explain what the Environment ministry was doing in the last three-four months.

Singh, representing the ministry, told the court that a draft notification had been issued on Monday and 60 days time was mandatory for receiving objections.

He told the bench there were 34 categories of industries in the national capital region which use pet coke and furnace oil. Pollution standards had been fixed earlier for several categories.

The bench, expressing surprise and unhappiness, imposed cost on the MoEF.

The bench was informed that in spite of  the May 2 order of the apex court, the ministry had not issued any notification.

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