India: SC not inclined to relax ban on plastic bags

New Delhi, Jan 29 (PTI) The Supreme Court today virtually ruled out the possibility of relaxing the ban imposed on use of plastic bags by the Delhi Government by stressing on the “havoc played” by them.

“Look at the hazards. plastic bags have been playing havoc in the country,” a bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices V S Sirpurkar and Deepak Verma said.

The bench said the ban on plastic bags would help in returning to good old days when people used to go the market with environment friendly bags made of cloth, jute and paper.

“If the ban is allowed to stand, same old habit will return. People will go with a bag in their hand. I go to market with a bag in my hand. What is the harm?” Justice Verma asked.

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Tirupur: 100 dyeing units get closure orders

Power supply to these units disconnected

They failed to comply with Supreme Court orders Consent order given to 13 CETPs

Tirupur: The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) on Friday ordered closure of 100 dyeing units in the Tirupur knitwear cluster which failed to comply with the recent Supreme Court order pertaining to pollution caused by the dyeing units on River Noyyal. The power supply to these units was also disconnected.

TNPCB District Environmental Engineer R. Kannan told The Hindu that according to the Supreme Court ruling, the units which either failed to remit the fines imposed for polluting River Noyyal or those units which were members of Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) which failed to fit Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) system all before January 5 evening, should be closed.

The Supreme Court verdict was pronounced after hearing the Public Interest Litigation filed by ‘Noyyal River Ayacutdars Protection Association.’

The bench comprising Chief Justice K. G. Balakrishnan and Justice B. S. Chauhan observed that “Undoubtedly, there has been unabted pollution by the members of Tirupur Dyeing Factory Owners Association” and hence, “they were bound to meet the expenses of removing sludge in the river as well as cleaning of Orathupalayam dam.”

The court also asked the dyeing units to carry out further operations without polluting the river anymore. The TNPCB on Friday gave the consent order to operate 13 Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) set up in the cluster which had completed fitting ZLD system in it. But not given to six others.

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India: SC tells Tirupur’s dyeing industry to pay for polluting

NEW DELHI: Supreme Court has come down hard on industries polluting water bodies, applying the ‘polluters pay’ principle against 150-odd dyeing units in Tirupur’s garment export which had been discharging their waste in Noyyal river.

In an order that may be cited by green activists, the court asked the dyeing units at Karur and Tirupur, which cater to the huge forex earning garment export industry in Tamil Nadu, to pay for cleaning the River Noyyal and other water bodies massively polluted by discharge from their factories.

Agreeing with the stand of the Noyyal River Ayacutdars Protection Association, SC refused to take any lenient view of the environmental hazard resulting from the noxious effluent discharged by the factories adversely affecting the river, the Orthapalayam reservoir and other tanks and channels of the river.

The court noted that the industries have set up 17 common effluent treatment plants (CETPs) and were asked to pay up Rs 55.60 crore for eco-restoration and pollution check work. The Tirupur Dyeing Factories Association, as per a Madras High Court order, had paid up Rs 25 crore for this purpose. The SC said the rest of the amount had to be paid within three months.

A Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice B S Chauhan said: “It is desirable that the members of the appellant association should ensure the compliance of the directions including the payment of the dues within three months.”

“They shall ensure that no pollution is caused to the river or dam and if cleaning operation has not yet been completed, it shall be completed within three months,” the Bench said.

It said: “Undoubtedly, there has been unabated pollution by the members of the appellant association. They cannot escape the responsibility to meet the expenses of reversing the ecological damage. They are bound to meet the expenses of removing the sludge from the river and also for cleaning the dam. The principles of `polluters pay’ and `precautionary principle’ have to be read with the doctrine of sustainable development.”

The court noted that Tirupur was an industrial hub providing employment to five lakh people in garment industries there, which earn around Rs 10,000 crore in foreign exchange annually for the country. 

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India-SC notice to Karnataka on Sivasamudram project

New Delhi, Aug 21 (PTI) The Supreme Court today sought a response from Karnataka government on the allegation by Tamil Nadu that it has unilaterally decided to go ahead with Sivasamudram Hydero power project in the Cauvery basin by violating the directions of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

A Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice P Sathasivam issued notices to Karnataka government and the Centre and sought their replies in three weeks.

Sivasamudram hydro Plant

Sivasamudram hydro Plant

Senior advocate K Parasaran mentioned the application of Tamil Nadu government in which it alleged that instead of putting the control of the project under a neutral agency, the Karnataka government was executing it through Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd.

Tamil Nadu submitted that Karnataka was not accepting the direction of the Tribunal that the project has to go through a neutral body like National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC).

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