NGT fines 11 stone crushers Rs. 2 lakh each in Faridabad


The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed a fine of Rs. 2 lakh each on 11 stone crushing units in Faridabad district for their failure to create green belt around their structures since they started in 1992. The stone crushers have started planting saplings only recently.

The Green Bench of Justice U.D. Salvi and D.K. Agarwal on Friday took on record the status report filed by the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB), which revealed that the stone crushing units had started taking measures required to regulate and control pollution.

The stone crushers had moved an appeal in the NGT against the HSPCB’s orders passed earlier this year and sought grant of permission to run their operations. The Haryana Government and the HSPCB had earlier earned the wrath of the NGT for submitting an incomplete status report on the number of stone crushers operating in the district. The NGT Bench observed that though the units had been in operation since 1992, the requisite green belt was not in place till the time the HSPCB swung into action and the saplings were planted.

“Lack of such green belt over a period of two decades or more has certainly affected the environment adversely and for this the appellant units need to be adequately saddled with compensation,” said the Bench, while ordering them to pay the fine of Rs. 2 lakh each as the condition precedent for starting their operations.

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