PIL regarding health hazards due to industries’ discharge: Court directs SMC to furnish detailed status of Hill View colony



SRINAGAR: In a Public Interest Litigation filed by inhabitants of Hill View Colony Old Air Field Road, Wanabal Rangreth Yayil, Gagoo Villages, wherein it was alleged that on account of the establishment of an industrial area, they are facing health hazards due to discharge of effluents from industrial units as there is no proper arrangement for treatment of waste and effluents.
A Division Bench of Jammu & Kashmir High Court comprising Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Vinod Chatterji Koul directed Srinagar Municipal Corporation, to file an affidavit of senior officer, specifically stating as to whether industrial area was established first or aforesaid Colony. He is also directed to inform whether Colony has been established in accordance with the Master Plan and after due sanction of lay-out and whether it is an unauthorised Colony or is one which has been approved by Municipal Corporation or the Srinagar Development Authority. DB directed that the aforesaid exercise may be completed by the parties within a period of three weeks. The Pollution Control Board has filed compliance report stating that according to the survey report about 150 industrial units exist in the area which include 3 units in Red category, 53 in Orange category, 64 units in Green category and 22 units in White category. It was further stated that a Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) is proposed to be established for the primary treatment of the effluents and the waste water discharged by these industries. The civil work for construction of the said plant has been completed by the SIDCO but the mechanical part is yet to be done.
DB directed Adv Asifa Padroo, who is appearing for the Pollution Control Board, to file further affidavit indicating time limit within which the aforesaid plant is proposed to be made operational and to indicate as to whether the industrial units existing in the area are being run in confirmation with the norms laid down by Pollution Control Board.