SC orders central and national pollution control commissions to carry out surprise inspections of brick kiln industries in the NCR

The Supreme Court of India has issued guidelines for the operation of brick kiln industries in the National Capital Region. The Supreme Court has ordered officers from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and State Pollution Control Boards (SPCB) to carry out surprise inspections without notice or warning to those who run the units from time to time to ensure that the production is underway as part of the notification for the operation of brick kiln industries in the National Capital Region (NCR).

“Officers of the Central Pollution Control Board and the State Pollution Control Boards shall carry out surprise inspections without prior notice or warning to persons running the units from time to time to ensure that production is carried out in accordance with the aforementioned notification,” the higher court said. A panel of Judges KM Joseph and Hrishikesh Roy issued various directives on the operation of brick kiln industries in the National Capital Region.

The Court imposed various conditions in the operation of the brick kiln industry saying that the units which have the consent to operate and also declared the production capacity out of a total of 2,164 units, are allowed to operate subject to conditions. He also clarified that units that have not obtained permission to operate and units that have not declared their production capacity will not be allowed to operate. “Production will only be permitted subject to the units complying with the notification of 22.02.2022,” the court said.

The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change issued the notification on February 22 regarding the operation of brick kiln industries. The instruction of the Court undoubtedly came by taking into account the interest of the environment and by taking into account at the same time the interests of the people who exploit the industry of the brick kilns and the employees who would work there.

Production will further be subject to the condition that it be limited to production capacity in accordance with the consent granted by the respective national pollution control commissions, the court said. The people running the units must report at the end of each cycle, the actual total production that has been achieved in their units (arising from each cycle) to the respective national pollution control commissions, the high court said.

He added that the national pollution control commissions will promptly inform the central pollution control commission of the said figures and the date of the next hearing. The Central Pollution Control Board will produce a table showing the production so that the Court can analyze whether there is a violation of the Court order. “The Central Pollution Control Board and the State Pollution Control Board will monitor the impact of pollution generated by units being licensed to operate and actually achieving production in a measurable form,” the court said and entered the case. for a new hearing on May 6, 2022. (ANI)

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