Delhi

NGT directs railways to evolve mechanismto control pollution

Panel also tells U.P. pollution board to recover environmental compensation

Following a plea seeking remedial action against air pollution caused due to the loading and unloading of cement and fertilizers at the Faizabad railway station, the National Green Tribunal has directed the railways to evolve appropriate mechanisms to curb it.

A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also directed the U.P. State Pollution Control Board to take steps for the assessment and recovery of environmental compensation.

Noting that authorities were not taking appropriate steps in ensuring the compliance of existing norms, the Bench observed, “Apart from not following the requirement of taking requisite consents, the railway administration at Faizabad is also not following the measures to be adopted at loading and unloading points. This needs to be checked and appropriate mechanism to be evolved by the Railway Board.”

Additionally, the railways was directed to compile data on other similar locations and depute senior officials for preparing a compliance report.

The directions came when NGT was hearing a plea which alleged that there was violation of air quality norms by railways goods siding in Faizabad.

The plea had alleged that the activity was resulting in air pollution causing respiratory problems among residents.

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