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DB directives in PIL against pollution by cement factories

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JAMMU: In a Public Interest Litigation filed by residents of Mantaki and Seerbagh colony of Khrew contending that huge industrial pollution is being caused by the cement plants as the said plants do not adhere to the norms which are provided for abatement of pollution caused by the cement plants.
A Division Bench of State High Court comprising Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Tashi Rabstan after hearing both the sides observed that it is made clear that if any person is approaching the Pollution control Board or any other authority for establishing a cement plant, before granting permission or consent, the authorities as well as Pollution Control Board shall satisfy with regard to the location as to whether establishment of a cement plant will cause pollution to detriment of inhabitants as it is not conducive to establish the cement plant in a thickly populated area. DB also directs the permission may be granted only if the proposed plant is in an isolated place where inhabitantion is very less and such request can be considered and permission/consent may be granted only after observing all the legal requirements of controlling pollution level.

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