KERALA

Wait for orders on pollution case, apex court tells plywood units

Three plywood manufacturing units in Perumbavoor which approached the Supreme Court seeking permission to regularise their operations have been asked to wait for the order in a case pending before it on the pollution caused by plywood units.

The original case, filed by a resident of Vengola panchayat, is to come up before the court next month, according to sources associated with the case.

The three units were among more than 200 companies in the area which were found to have violated norms in a report submitted by the Empowered Committee of the Supreme Court. The committee had recommended measures including cancellation of permits and heavy fine for illegal operation.

The manufacturers are understood to have approached the State government for regularising the operation. But it would be a herculean task for the State as the case was pending before the apex court, sources said.

The report was submitted in September last year after conducting spot inspections and public hearing as directed by the Supreme Court in a special leave petition filed by T.K.Kurien, a resident of Vengola. The committee had examined whether the plywood units in the panchayat had obtained the clearances from authorities. The committee had observed that 277 wood-based industries in the gram panchayat within an area of 36.05 sq.km., having a population of over 36,000.

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