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MPM: meeting likely in April first week on restarting production

MPM had been told to halt production from December 15, 2014 on the grounds that it had failed to abide by the norms related to environment pollution.— file photo

MPM had been told to halt production from December 15, 2014 on the grounds that it had failed to abide by the norms related to environment pollution.— file photo  

In wake of the conclusion of the case with the Southern Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) over the alleged violation of pollution control norms by the Mysore Paper Mills (MPM) atBhadravati, the meeting of the administrative board of the company is likely to be held in Bengaluru in the first week of April to decide on resumption of full-fledged production and on re-instatement of workers who have been sent on earned leave.

It may be mentioned here that the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had ordered MPM, which has a paper factory and a sugar production unit, to halt production from December 15, 2014 on the grounds that it had failed to abide by the norms related to environment pollution. The CPCB observed that the firm had failed to comply with prescribed emission standards in coal-fired boilers.

The CPCB had directed, among other things, installation of new electro static precipitators (ESP) there to address the problem.

Harsh Gupta, Managing Director of MPM, told press persons that he was yet to get the copy of the order passed by NGT, which was satisfied with the measures taken by the firm to prevent environment pollution.

In the hearing held on March 29, the NGT concluded the case and directed the management of MPM to hold discussion with CPCB over the notice issued by the later to halt production.

Following this, the MPM wrote to CPCB requesting it to revoke the notice issued to halt production, he said.

Meanwhile, a delegation of MPM Employees’ Association met chairperson of the firm, K. Ratna Prabha, and requested her to take measures to resume full-fledged production and to re-instate the workers.

C.S. Shivamurthy, president of the association, told The Hindu that Ms. Ratna Prabha had promised the delegation that the issue would be discussed at the meeting of the administrative board in first week of April.

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