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Take a call on manufacturing units in residential area: HC

To shift or not: Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has asked aluminium and stainless steel units to apply for licence.

To shift or not: Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has asked aluminium and stainless steel units to apply for licence.  

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It was hearing petitions filed by residents, aluminium and stainless steel units

Hearing petitions filed by residents and aluminium and stainless steel utensils manufacturing units located at Sellur here, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Monday directed the manufacturers to apply for permission to run their units. However, if permission was denied, then they would to shift to another area, the court said.

Residents of Tagore Nagar in Sellur, in their petition, complained that the manufacturing units, which were functioning day and night, caused noise pollution and demanded their closure.

On the other hand, the manufacturers challenged the notification of the City Health Officer for closure of certain units, based on the complaint from residents.

The court took cognisance of the report submitted by a committee constituted by Madurai Corporation, which was headed by the City Health Officer. The units, the committee said, were running only during the day. Its report did not disclose any specific objection from the public. The Corporation submitted that these units had to be regulated and they should obtain a special licence under Section 361 of the Madurai City Municipal Corporation Act.

Taking into account the submissions made in the case, Justice R. Suresh Kumar directed the manufactures to apply for the licence within a period of two weeks, which shall be decided by the Corporation within three months. If permission was granted, they could continue to run in the same locality or else they had to be shifted.

The court allowed the units to continue to function from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. till a decision was made. It sought a compliance report and adjourned the hearing to December 2.

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